• Rachael Yahne

How To Cope With Missing Your Life Goal Deadlines

“Don’t tell anyone” I whispered, sheepishly. “But Saturday is my birthday.”

I know I'm not alone in approaching my birthday this way. It’s gotten to the point, in my early 30’s, where I only tell people for two reasons. The first is necessity: for example, that I need them to cover me at work, a special day requiring a special albeit confidential favor. The second is that we’re close friends and I might, if I’m feeling jazzy, actually want to perform some kind of low-key ceremonial celebration, in the form of a quiet dinner or sharing a yoga class. If you’re an empath also, you might find birthdays especially hard to cope with. The expectations of having something to show for all these years of life