This is exactly what my birthday has made me think about today — that I’ve had a really great life.
I’ve been fortunate (the family I come from, the friends I’ve had, the opportunities I’ve been afforded). I’ve made good decisions (trying and doing different things in my career, traveling, living in different places), I’ve made bad decisions (carrying on relationships too long when I shouldn’t have, breaking trust with people I care about, chasing something I didn’t have because I had a scarcity mindset). I’ve been courageous (not being afraid to do different things, to make big changes, to share my thoughts and stand up for what I believe in). I’ve been cowardly (avoiding truth or confrontation, not owning my mistakes at times). I’ve been Growth mindset oriented (love to learn, love to read, love to ask questions, filled with curiosity). I’ve been Fixed mindset oriented (stubborn, set in my ways, regimented).
I’ve been filled with gratitude (for all the amazing people I’ve met in the past several years and all the experiences I’ve been having and continue to have). I’ve at times been unappreciative (for all the things some people have done with and for me). I’ve been filled with love (for my family, doing things with and for my family, for my brother as he died from cancer, for great friends that have been loyal and consistent and supportive). I’ve at times been filled with anger (because people didn’t do what I wanted or expected). I’ve been accountable (my business and career are on me). I’ve been unaccountable (as I was when I blamed my bosses for my career path).
Most of all, I know who I am, and who I want to be. That’s what this day makes me think about most. And I will spend every day of the rest of my life aligned with and working on the person I want to become. If I do that, life will stay great.