I clearly remember the day my twins were born. It was a Wednesday afternoon in May when I went for a scan and was told that I wasn’t going home. The babies had to come out immediately as the one twin was not getting enough oxygen.
My husband and I had recently moved from Melbourne to Sydney and I was only thirty-four weeks pregnant. I was not ready yet at all. Not physically organised in the way I wanted to be, (we had just moved into a new apartment the day before) and definitely not emotionally ready to welcome them six weeks before their due date.
This coming weekend my twins officially become teenagers. While writing their birthday cards and preparing for their special milestone, I suddenly realised that 13 years have in fact passed way too quickly. While I do have a very good memory, it got me thinking about not only celebrating special birthdays and occasions but about the actual significance of celebrating each and every step on our journey. Why do we celebrate a birthday only one day of the year? Why not celebrate life every day?
Sometimes we get so caught up in the mundane rituals and tasks that life demands of us that we forget to celebrate our progress and small achievements along the way. Studies show that celebrating our successes helps keep us on track and motivated towards achieving our goals. This is a vital ingredient for personal growth and sustainable motivation. In fact, celebrating your successes is an opportunity to honour yourself.
Anthony Robbins goes even further and invites people to celebrate their own personal power:
“Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, “Here is an opportunity for me to celebrate like never before my own power, and my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary.”
When we set a goal or start a project the ‘Authentic Cycle of Probability’ goes in this order: A new idea, job or relationship is discovered. A decision in relation to it is made. Focus and attention is given to the project and inspired action is taken. Momentum ensures that it is moving forward. Gratitude and appreciation is shown and a celebration occurs. Then finally completion of the cycle or the chapter.
The celebration is strategically placed before completion as recognition and self-acknowledgement for completing each small step along the way. By celebrating the completion of each small step, we leverage the powerful energy of gratitude and momentum, and this motivates us to carry on and move forward to the excitement of a new discovery.
For me, my twin’s birthday has inspired me to highlight the importance of celebrating our progress and every moment and step of the way. My message to you is to take some time out, pause and celebrate where you are right now and what you have achieved. Celebrate just being you, your power and your contribution to the world.
To my new Teenagers: Welcome to the next chapter and Happy birthday. Even though your special milestone is here, I have celebrated each and every day of the past 13 years. Just watching you grow, learn and discover each day is a celebration of life. In the words of Osho,”Life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated.” It is an honour and a privilege to be your Mom.