I can't count the number of times that I said that my birthday was just another day, or got hurt because no one did anything to make my day special. I decided that this year would be different. I made plans for myself. I made reservations for the weekend in New York City, I contacted people that I wanted to see and made plans to get together with them. Then plans changed and morphed over time, and people I wanted to see weren't able to make it. In the past, I would have taken it personally and gotten upset. This year I accepted that change happens and I would be grateful for what I received.
The gatherings I did have were more intimate. I was able to connect more deeply with the people I was with at that moment. I am an introvert and an empath, which means I pick up other people's energy and can become drained by it. What unfolded on my birthday was perfect for me. I decided to accept and have gratitude for what occurred, even though it was different than my plans. At the end of the night, as I was on the 4 train back to my hotel, I was filled with such a sense of peace, joy, and contentment. With accepting and appreciating those people I was with, rather than lamenting those who couldn't make it, I found joy. The thoughts we think matter, think positively.