What are the chances of dating someone and sharing the same birthday with them? For the last three years, I shared March 8 with a love that I expected to celebrate that day with forever. We did some amazing things and had great times with friends.

If you’re into zodiac signs, Pisces are characterized by empathy and expressed emotional capacity. Pisces are selfless, always willing to help others, and are extremely faithful and compassionate. They are loyal, devoted and deeply intuitive. Pisces can sense something is wrong, even before it happens. Pisces are expressive and they will not hesitate to express their feelings to the people around them. They expect others to be open to them as they are. Communication with loved ones is very important.

Ok, seriously, I just looked all that up. The only thing I knew about Pisces before that quick Google search was that two Pisces had no business being together. My college boyfriend was a Pisces and we knew we had way too much in common for it to work. Now sharing the SAME birthdate? It’s laughable to read the characteristics and put them into perspective from the last three years.

So I was asked what I would do. How I would celebrate? How would things be different this year not having “my  love” to share this day with. Do people really worry about others when making plans for THEMselves?

Today I turned 39. For 30+ years, my concern has been my happiness and what I must do to make sure I’m happy. I can’t be concerned with yesterday and those experiences. I’m already planning my amazing 40th birthday adventure.

Can you imagine living a life that’s free of worry and stress? A life that allows you to dream and move along like the world is at your fingertips. That’s who I was three years ago and that’s exactly who I am now. My birthday is a celebration of that. It’s my rebirth. Reimagining myself working hard, traveling, helping new people, living a life that’s meaningful and respectful. I can live this life alone. For alone does not mean lonely.

Fresh off a birthday vacation, unfortunately I am sick and unable to celebrate this day as I had planned. Perhaps it was a higher power telling me to slow down and be patient. It’s ok though, every single day moving forward is a celebration of this amazing, incredible life that I have been birthed into. My time is now. Won’t you celebrate LIFE with me? We only get one…….