Things To Do On Your Birthday
Ten Things To Do On Your Birthday
Birthdays are very special and come only once a year. It is your day! Do not let anyone tell you different. Enjoy it and remember that this is the one day that you decide what you want to do!
1. Do something you have always wanted to do.
Have you always wanted to climb a mountain, ride horses or take a trip to Europe or visit a chiropractor? Take your next birthday as an opportunity to do this, treat yourself! Remember that a birthday should be memorable, so get out your bucket list and try to knock at least one interesting thing off of the list on your birthday.
2. Treat yourself to something fun.
Everyone should celebrate by doing things that they enjoy. Even if you have always spent birthdays with family, if you would rather do something else, take this chance to do it. You could spend the entire day shopping at the mall for a new outfit or visit the spa for a day of rest and relaxation or go rock climbing at the local gym. You could spend the whole day fishing or touring a winery if that is what you enjoy. Consider carefully whether you would want to do these things alone or with a friend or family member.
3. Call your parents and grandparents.
As my mother began to mentally decline in her later years, she had no idea what day it was or when my birthday was. Instead of getting a card and phone call from her on my birthday, I ended up having to call her on birthdays. Even though it was sad that things had to be that way, I was still glad on each birthday that she was still around. I was happy to be able to speak with her and hear her birthday wishes, even though she had forgotten that it was my birthday. Perhaps you may want to use your birthdays as an opportunity to thank the older people in your life who helped you to become the adult that you are now.
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4. Spend the day giving back to others.
One way of celebrating your birthday that will give you long-lasting happiness is to spend your birthday helping others. Every year hundreds of children and needy adults spend their birthdays in homeless shelters. You could call around to the different shelters and see if anyone there is having a birthday the same day that you are. You may want to take that person a cake and a few gifts. Alternately, you could call nursing homes or battered women's shelters to find other people who would be thrilled to share a birthday with you.
5. Do something wild and crazy.
Maybe you are the type that always plays by the rules and never does anything unexpected. Maybe for your birthday this year you might want to do something uncharacteristic. Maybe you want to dye your hair blonde, go bungee jumping or ride a bull. Whatever you want to do, you can use your birthday as an excuse to do something out of the ordinary that your friends and family will talk about for years.
6. Tell everyone that you come across that it is your birthday.
Why hide the fact that it is your birthday? Tell everyone you meet that it is your birthday. Cashiers, waiters and individuals on the elevator will inevitably give you birthday greetings, and you may end up with some free dessert at restaurants too.
7. Make a list of the positives of growing older.
In our youth-saturated culture, it can be very easy for people to get discouraged about growing older. However, getting older does have its perks. You probably understand more about people and relationships than you did when you were 20. You've probably learned much about what is important and how to let go of the small things. Likely you are much more comfortable with who you are and what you like. To stay positive on your next birthday, write down a list of the advantages of growing older.
8. Have a movie marathon with your close friends.
Do you remember all the movies that you loved as a teen? If you watch them now, you will smile fondly and probably groan a little as you consider how your tastes have changed. Invite a few friends over to spend an evening watching some oldies on Netflix. You will have a blast as you bring to mind the way things used to be. Have a movie themed snack bar with nachos, popcorn, nuts, hot pretzels, chips and dip, and a candy bar with all the usuals of M&Ms, Milk Duds, Twizzlers, etc. It doesn't have to be about getting gifts and everyone singing you "Happy Birthday", just enjoy yourself with some friends and some nostalgic movie watching!
9. Spend the entire day doing something that you never seem to find the time to do.
Do you have a hobby that you really struggle to time find to do? Perhaps you like to paint, draw, sew, hunt or hike. For a birthday treat, take the entire day and devote it to doing that one thing that you love the most, maybe take a cooking class? Life tends to squeeze out things that we would like to do because of the pressing needs of things we have to do. Deviate from this pattern on your birthday.
10. Reflect on how far you have come in the past year and where you want to go from here.
Perhaps your birthday this year would be the perfect time to start a birthday journal. In this journal you can write about the things that have changed this year and goals that you would like to accomplish in the next year. Re-read old entries each year on your birthday to consider how far you have come in life. Use your birthday to consider new resolutions. Some years are going to be great and some are going to be awful, but rise above the negativity to make yourself a better person in spite of the struggles of life.
Don't make the mistake of thinking that birthdays are just for kids or something to be dreaded. Learn to celebrate each year of your life with those around you by doing something original and fun. When you consider the alternative, getting older is not really that bad. Think of each year as a new opportunity to learn something new and touch the lives of others.