Birthdays are the one day a year when it is socially acceptable to celebrate yourself.
I think this is a good thing because some people probably need limits, however, I also think we each need to credit ourselves a little more. I think we deserve more than one day a year to say, “I am actually pretty great.”
It’s not being self-obsessed or narcissistic, it’s acknowledging the single fact: you are a wonderful human being, and you deserve so many good things. Everyone is busy in day to day life, but almost everyone, one day a year, will allow others to treat them, allow themselves a pat on the back, and really appreciate themselves.
We need to do this more often. Don’t let yourself become full of hot air by any means, but really appreciate yourself. Look at you! Do you realize how much you have accomplished? Do you realize there is nobody out there like you? There is nobody with your gusto, your heart, or your mind. That alone is something to celebrate.
Don’t compare your accomplishments to the next guy’s either. His little victories are different than yours. You don’t even need anyone else to think what you choose to celebrate over is big deal; if it matters to you, congratulations to you! Life is busy, someone will always be worse than you, and someone will always be better than you. Pay no mind, and celebrate yourself.