30 Days of Megan: A fun fabulous crazy adventure in getting older!

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by Megan Orcholski

I am turning 30!!!!! And unlike most people in the world who dread getting older or hush their day of birth, I LOVE MY BIRTHDAY!!!! I love celebrating, I love cake, I love gifts, and I love being able to jump for joy that I am still alive! I always have a wonderful birthday, but this year, I don’t want to just celebrate for a day. I don’t even want to celebrate for a week- I want a whole month! That’s right folks, one day for each year I have been alive. I was planning to do fun things each day, but I thought….wouldn’t it be great if other people could do them with me if they wanted!?!?!? So much birthday happiness for EVERYONE! Basically, this is what will happen:

  • I will post on my Facebook each day what I’m doing with a link that explains why and how it fits in the context of my life. You are more than welcome to just read and enjoy or to also do the joyful activity!
  • You all know how I teach oral interpretation and love theater. Thus, I’ve planned the 30-day celebration with the same dramatic pattern of a good story. We will start on October 1st, build rising action toward my birthday, climax on the 25th (My actual birthday!) and then have 4 days of dénouement. Oh, and Halloween can have its own day. So we pretty much celebrate my birthday for 30 days, then wear costumes. Awesome.

That’s the basics of all you need to know. But if you want to know more about why I’m doing this, feel free to read on.

This started as something fun I wanted to do to celebrate my 30th birthday. I love an excuse to do happy, wonderful things and turning 30 seems like a perfectly legitimate reason to openly celebrate for an entire month. But I wanted people to be able to celebrate with me, so I planned to post my happenings on Facebook. As I started telling people my plan and getting excited, I realized it might be fun to do one thing on day 1, two things on day 2, etc. Then someone said, “you should match the activities with your years.” Excellent idea!

When I began thinking about what I would do each day, I realized I was thinking of very specific events in my life that had a story or lesson. I really wanted to be able to share these things, write them down and use these to reflect on my life and who I am. Because even though a good percentage of the motivation to do this is the pure bliss of doing fun and happy things, there is a bittersweet chunk. I’m happy to still be alive. There are a lot of people in my life you were once alive and aren’t anymore. I sometimes ponder why they are not still alive but I am. I have also been through many things. This gives me the opportunity to explore how these events have shaped me and made me who I am. Then, as I share with others, they are also getting to celebrate life and themselves.

37223_1512950386057_1303323791_1402237_3612952_nThis is a celebration of life.

Megan style.

Oh, and also I’m still alive and you don’t have to send flowers!!!

So, don a scarf, grab a bouncy ball, drink some soda, buckle up and get ready for 30 days of Megan!

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26 thoughts on “30 Days of Megan: A fun fabulous crazy adventure in getting older!

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