Every year around my birthday I make a huge deal about it. I’ve made post on here about it, my social media, everywhere. It’s a special day. On May 1, 1995 God put me on the earth. My journey to my destiny started and here I am still on my way to it. It’s lit! Let’s celebrate!
This year, though, as my birthday started approaching I felt nothing. I’m not really turning a monumental age and I was in a weird spot in my life. When I say weird, I don’t mean bad. I didn’t feel super happy or super sad, I felt like I was just existing and going through the motions. I was ready to treat my birthday the same way.
The more I thought about it, the more I was like… “Wait a minute. Sis, this is not what we do. We CELEBRATE birthdays.” I started looking at past birthday posts I’d made and all the fun memories I’d created during my birthday. The difference between the Lisa in those posts and the Lisa looking at them a few years later was a mindset.
Somewhere along the line of this year I started feeling like I was watching myself go through things. I was on the outside looking in at God moving in my life and dealing with things that came my way. This wasn’t always negative feeling. It was actually pretty freeing at first. At some point it stopped being freeing and started making me feel numb. Like I was just floating. That’s not a way to live life and that’s certainly not the life God has for me. God wants us all to have joy.
So I started thinking- what would bring me joy? Not what would be logical or what would make me be more successful. What would really just make me feel happy? The first thing was really celebrating my birthday. So that’s what I’m going to do!
From 24 on I just want to be happy and have joy. I don’t want to worry about what people think makes me look successful, put together, or more mature. I want to have fun! Sometimes the older we get, I think the more we lose sight of that. The closer I get to God and the further along I get in life, the more I realize God’s intentions for us. If we align the desires of our hearts with His, we’re bound for our true destiny. One of those desires is for us to have joy. So starting at 24 I’m going for more- more of what makes me happy and brings out the best version of myself.
But let all who take refuge in You rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever.
Spread Your protection over them, that all who love Your name may be filled with joy.
Side note: I usually pick a birthday song, but this year I decided to make a playlist! Check it out!!