I tend to get depressed on my birthday every year. It’s not so much because I’m aging, although that is a small part. I have my reasons, and they’re a bit personal to write on my blog. But, keep reading and you’ll see how I cured the birthday blues.
This year, in an attempt to ward off the despair, I kept myself busy. I made plans in advance to do things that would keep my mind off the fact that it was my birthday. To try and keep in a positive frame of mind, before I started the day, I posted a blog with Quick Quotes about being grateful.
One thing on my schedule was to spend a few hours at the mall with my husband. Our mall is extremely well-shopped, so we went in the morning when it first opened before it got busy. Almost every time we go there (which is not often, due to crowds, lines, difficult parking, etc), I joke about wanting to ride on the merry-go-round in the center of the mall. It’s a full size carousel with a second level. Even though I joke, I’d really love to ride it.
When we finished shopping, we had to walk by the merry-go-round to exit the mall. My husband asked me if I wanted to go for a ride for my birthday. I stopped and watched it spinning around. I eyed the people riding it, only a few young parents, each holding a child on a galloping horse. Naww, I couldn’t. We’d look too silly. We were old enough to be those little babies grandparents!
Then I remembered one of the three quotes I posted before I left for the mall.
The aging process has you firmly in its grasp, if you never get the urge to swing on a swing.
Since my birthday was depressing, and I wanted to remain positive, I decided to take my own advice. I didn’t want the aging process to have me firmly in its grasp, and I had the urge to go on a merry-go-around. So, we went for a ride all on our own, without a child at our sides.