The anniversary of your injury is a time to celebrate your second chance at life. How do you acknowledge your injury anniversary?
The anniversary of when a brain injury is a day your life changed forever. A few days ago marked 26 years since my brain injury. It is not much of a big deal other than the fact it is my birthday.
The sole reason I don’t view it as a huge deal because I didn’t have a life before. While it is not a big deal for me, others view this day differently.
As I said earlier, this day is the day one’s life changed forever. It is the day where your old life ended, and your new life begins.
The way you handle the anniversary is vital to your happiness in life. I understand it is tough to see your life change. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.
While you may not understand why your brain became injured, but it did. Now there is a new purpose in your life. It is time to get excited about what the future can hold.
It is okay to mourn the life you used to know; however, you need to be able to pick yourself up after some time. After you are done recovering, find things you enjoy doing.
Celebrate your Anniversary
If you can find something you can do and enjoy it, begin to do it. While creating your new life may take some time, you can create something you look forward to.
When the anniversary of your new life beginning arrives, you can take time to remember the life you used to live. I would encourage you to make a list of suitable items you accomplished throughout the year.
Your anniversary can be a rebirth. You can celebrate it like a second birthday. Celebrate with friends and family or do something special for just yourself.
I would suggest not allowing the day to just being another day in your life. At least acknowledge what the day is and its importance.
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Birthdays are a time to celebrate. They are a time to enjoy another year with loved ones. They are a time to reflect, which can be difficult.
I had a birthday a few days ago—another trip around the sun and another year older. The funny thing is, I am not that old. I just turned 25.
A birthday is something to celebrate. That goes double after
you had an injury that threatened your life. It is crucial to remember it is a
time for celebration.
It is time for your friends and family to acknowledge and be
thankful that they still have years with you. It is a time to celebrate with
your loved ones.
Birthdays: There is a dark side
There is a darker side to having a birthday. It signifies
that you are another year older. This current birthday has been a difficult one
25. A quarter-century. Birthdays are an excellent time to
reflect on what you have done with your time on earth. I can almost guarantee
that when you were younger, you had an image of where you would be at the age
When I was younger, 25 was far away. I was going to have my
dream job, have a loving husband, and starting a family of my own.
Spoiler alert, I have none of that. I must find peace that
life does not turn out the way we plan it at times. I talked in an earlier post
about timelines. I know that sometime down the road I will get everything I
want; it just will take me longer to get there—just like everything else in my
It is essential when you get in this funk; I am in to dig yourself out of it fast. It would be best if you didn’t dwell on what you have yet to accomplish especially on birthdays.
I try to think of what I have accomplished. I tend to think
of these accomplishments, but you can write them down and keep the list
somewhere. Then, when you get into the funk, pull out the list.
Acknowledgment of accomplishments is especially crucial for people with brain injuries, even if it isn’t your birthday. Remember, everything you accomplish is a big feat and should be celebrated. Try to remember all the hard work you put into what you have done.
If you have yet to read my story, please click here to read it. My birthday is also the anniversary on my injury.