Hate celebrating your birthday? Always disappointed? I had a very Happy Birthday on the 11th and celebrated it BIG time this year. How? Easy. I depended on myself to have fun.
5 things you must do for your birthday:
#1. Take control. Plan your day in advance.
Waiting around for someone else to plan it is too much pressure on friends and family. Make it easy. Do it yourself.
Me – I didn’t want to exhaust myself with appointments and running around all day. Instead, I planned two outings and dinked around with a new toy I bought for my birthday. My son, Kelly, picked it out. *hint, hint* You’ll find out soon enough.
#2. Lower your expectations.
Oh, sure it would be great to be asked out to lunch or walk into a surprise party, but what if it doesn’t happen? Don’t let disappointment ruin your day.
Me – I didn’t expect anything out of the ordinary. I stuck to my plan.
#3. Pamper yourself.
Make an appointment for a massage, facial, nail or hair appointment. Or why not meet with a fortune teller. Ha! Hopefully they will tell you the next year will rock.
Me – I got my hair cut. Then I took a long nap and watched a movie. Why not? It was my day!
#4. Go out for a meal.
Whether you go with a special someone or go by yourself, be sure to pick your favorite restaurant and eat something delicious.
Me – I met my family in Denver for dinner at one of my favorites, Venice Ristorante.
#5. Enter three highlights into a gratitude journal at the end of the night. There’s a lot to be thankful for. You lived another year. Yay!
Me – It’s been exactly one month since my brother, Joe, passed away. I’m remembering him through my journal by living my wild life.
Many people hate birthdays since they feel horrible about being one year older. Get over it! Remember the alternative. I’ve faced down my own death (evil death!) and tried to breathe life into one who had passed. Birthdays are what life is all about. Bring them on!
This was all I needed.
Do you celebrate your birthday? What’s your favorite thing to do?