Birthday Wish

Today is my birthday, and I’m turning a whole whopping quarter of a century old. I kind of miss the days of being a kid when you were practically freaking out when there was less than ten days away from the big day. The morning of you were just about jumping out of your skin with excitement as you got to tell the world your new single digit age.  Oh man, and the cake. Cake used to be the most epic thing ever! (However, I seriously wouldn’t mind some cake right now.)

So why am I writing a post about my birthday? Well, I have one thing I’d like. Fortunately it’s free, but it might be easier said than done. For those of you who know me well, you probably know about my whole ‘Yes Man’ challenge I did for a year and have continued to do as best as I can. The premise is to say ‘yes’ to every reasonable relatively safe and sane opportunity that comes your way.

For my birthday I’d really like everyone to try the challenge for just one day, one week, or however long you can manage. See, it might sound easy but truly doing the challenge means throwing phobias to the side, not defaulting to excuses, and completely re-defining what your comfort levels are. If you can truly give it a shot, you’ll be surprised by the outcomes. Promise. You might find yourself being more extroverted, embracing new activities, making new friends, or heck – it might just completely redefine you altogether.

Now why would I be asking everyone to do this? Well, there’s an amazing quote in the movie Yes Man (the movie that inspired the whole thing for me) that really struck me as deep:

“The world’s a playground. You know that when you are a kid, but somewhere along the way everyone forgets it.”

Think back to how fearless and awesome you were as a kid. Jumping off the top of the jungle gym? No problem! Running at the speed of light? Done! Mud, dirt and spiders? So cool. Adults? Boring. So, stop being a boring adult with excuses for everything, phobias holding you back, and a reason for every hesitation. To quote my three year old self: “Don’t say no. Say you’ll think about it.”

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About Jillian Bejtlich

Hey! I'm Jillian Bejtlich. I’m a lifelong New Englander with a serious love of the outdoors, adventure, and a pretty serious inability to sit still. I’m plagued by the travel bug, and it seems I’ll try any relatively sane and safe thing once. My big goal in life: Get people outside!