Today is a very special day in my life. It’s my birthday!
Perhaps most fun of all, I’m not only getting older and wiser, I’m getting taller as well!
I’m actually still growing!
This is particularly fun for me, as I was always referred to as a “short child”. As a child in Sweden, I was always one of the smallest in the classroom, and would often be told by my teacher, “Anna-Karin, you’re a little short in the coat, come and stand in the front.”
As a 20 year-old I was 163 cm, which is equivalent to 5.35 feet. I naturally thought I was done growing by then, and if anything was to happen with my height I assumed I would perhaps if anything get shorter with age. After all, I’d already seen many of my relatives shrinking over time.
When I moved to California as a 28 year-old, I was quite stunned to say the least when the DMV told me I was now 5.4! I did some research on the subject, and found that people who grow in their 20s tend to be from third world countries with a malnourished diet. I had been raised very well, with no shortage of food in any capacity so I knew that theory did not apply to me, so I speculated I may have had a deficiency in vitamin D – due to lack of sun (the winters in Sweden are exceptionally dark!). I drew the conclusion it must have been the warming sun rays in Australia that had helped me with an extra growth spurt after my teens.
Living in California, I would often travel back to Sweden, and every time I saw my mom I thought she was getting shorter. To my surprise about 10 years later, it became clear it was me who had been rising even taller! I contributed my new height to all the yoga I had been doing – stretching out my compressed spine…
As a 38 year-old I was now 5.5! I could not believe it – I had grown an entire additional inch in my 30s!
There is more to it! 5 years later – and I’m still growing! In January this year, I made a mark on the wall, prior to commencing my new daily hot yoga practice. Four months later, in May, I measured myself again and yes, you’re guessed right – I had now grown one more cm (0.03 inches!)
With all this hot yoga I’m doing, who knows how tall I’ll be next year 🙂
Tall or short, we grow on so many dimensions every day. Whilst I am intrigued to see my height taking off like this, it’s not nearly as inspiring to me as the growth I’ve undertaken on an emotional and spiritual level over the years.
I am so grateful for the person I have become, and look forward to blossoming into an even kinder, compassionate and awakened spirit for each birthday that passes!
Hope everyone had a beautiful weekend!
With Love & Gratitude,
Anna-Karin Bjorklund is a writer and dream expert based in Newport Beach, California. An intrepid world traveler, she has lived in five countries and loves exploring different cultures and connecting with people. Her latest book, The Dream Alchemist: A woman’s search for love, bliss and freedom across India, time and dreams, is a memoir based on a spiritual journey to India and the philosophical remnants of stepping into her power and finding the path of self-love. She is also the author of Dream Guidance: Interpret Your Dreams and Create the Life You Desire! Anna-Karin loves sharing her passion for dreams and personal growth with audiences near and far, and has made expert appearances on Fox & Friends, and the Steve Harvey TV Show on NBC, and been interviewed by Orange Coast Magazine, Women’s Running Magazine, Money Magazine, Daily Worth, Marie Claire UK and other media outlets.