Birthdays. Ah, those wonderful moments where people around us rejoice our birth date along with us. It’s a momentous occasion, to be commemorated just as a nation commemorates its birth. It is much more than a mere exchange of gifts. It is a day to be thankful and happy.
Stop. Let me paint you a completely different picture. So, it’s your birthday. Yes. To a college student, the most desirable birthday plan can be getting drunk with friends and to a small kid , a surprise party is the most exciting. The point is, regardless of what our age is, we always rejoice our birthday and most of the time , even the thought of it . We all associate it with fond memories, ones that we may never forget. But, let me direct your attention to something else. Okay, we have memories. But what do we DO the entire day? Don’t we all just while away our time, not knowing what to do? Don’t we feel bored? So how does one make one’s birthday truly memorable? What does one do? You should be doing something that stands out and something you have never done before . Something that tends to give you goosebumps every time you think about it .And to suggest you some wonderful ideas , I am going to write the ten best things to do on your birthday! So that you always remember your special day, for all the days to come.
10. GO ON A ROAD TRIP
365 days in a year, and you get this one special day. No matter how you are planning to spend it, with your friends, alone, or with your family, all you have to do is get in a car and drive. Don’t ponder over where to go and how long it will take. Drive as far as you can; go and meet as many people as you can. Discover new places and spend some quality time with yourself. Pack some delicious food and give yourself a happy birthday bash. You will be amazed on what surprises your road trip might hold in store for you. Just remember life is meant to be explored and an adventure is waiting for you out there.
9. CELEBRATE AMIDST THE BEAUTY OF NATURE
Ever thought about spending your birthday in the valleys, river banks, mountains or forests? I know this might sound like a strange idea but this is one of the most exciting ways of celebrating a day you will always remember. Take your camps to the middle of a forest, by the riverside or to a beach. You will find yourself embracing the connection you feel with nature. The size of the budget is not a problem. Be it with friends or family, the fun and beauty of this type of celebration is unconditional.
8. PLAN A GAME NIGHT
No matter how old you are, a ten year old, in your teens, reaching thirty, or heading towards your grey days, you quite naturally are supposed to like games. These games can be indoor, outdoor, and even video games.
Invite everyone over and you will be overwhelmed to see how many people from your gathering are actually interested in these games. This also gives you a quality time to spend, and connect with them, which is often not given importance. This is an enthusiastic way to celebrate your birthday, but at the same time, it is also silly and fun.
It ensures you fond and funny memories you will remember till the day you die. And trust me when I say, you never really know a person unless you have played some board games with them (and danced with them to the songs on the radio).
7. PAMPER YOURSELF
To be happy (especially on your birthday), you don’t have to be dependent on people and wait for them to gift you the best gifts. What if they don’t? You just cannot afford disappointments on your birthday. Don’t sit around and wait. Spoil yourself. What you can do is, treat yourself to a retail therapy, buy yourself your favorite gifts, eat pizza, splurge on any kind of cuisine you adore (there are a lot more ways, definitely). You get only one life, and birthdays are only once a year thing. If it is something very expensive or out of the current reach, you should build up a plan before and save money so that you will be able to satisfy yourself on birthdays. If you have given up something for a long time, such as chocolates or cake, and have been good and honest about it, then you can use birthdays for indulging your own body ad mind. Cheat treat! Don’t you think you deserve all of it for this one whole day?
6. GIVE YOUR WORK A BREAK
Grant yourself a small vacation. A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it. This is especially for those of you who wish to spend your day alone (there’s nothing wrong with that). If you personally ask me, I would pick this option over any other. It’s your birthday, you have every right to choose how you would like to spend it. Taking a day off from work does not mean staying at home and finishing your chores. Your day shouldn’t be boring or regular. It’s an extraordinary day. Surprise yourself. Do everything you love that can possibly done in a day. In the end, it is not the years in your life that matter, but the life in your years.
5. DO SOME CHARITY, HELP THE HOMELESS
For a day, you have the opportunity to be someone’s miracle. Although you don’t need a reason to help people, there is no other perfect day to spread the goodness and be blessed. What is better than some blessings for you on your birthday? Feed the homeless, gift them some clothes, spend some time with them, and you will know what true happiness is, as you see it reflect in their eyes. This is a very remarkable way of spreading happiness and smiles. You can also do some charity. If you have ever happened to visit an orphanage , an old age home, or any other non governmental organization , you must have known how blessed you actually are. Share your blessings with the less fortunate . Donate to their cause if you can , and even if you cannot , make them feel special for that one day . Play games with them , bestow them with some clothes, gift some sweets and contribute to their happiness . All you need to have in your heart is the desire to do so . A heart that gives is the heart that gathers . Try counting the innumerable blessings and feel the joy of giving. This one might be a random act of kindness but you are capable of saving lives. What’s the best gift you can receive, if not this?
4. PLAN A THEME PARTY
This is actually the most exciting way in which you can probably spend your birthday. What happens at your birthday party should stay at your party though. Choose any theme you like and see how much fun it turns out to be. A Halloween theme or maybe just everybody in your party dressed up as cartoon characters . No matter what your age is, you are never too old to celebrate your birthday. I’ve always loved the now-vintage style of the 90’s and the music from that era is so soulful it always makes me want to dance. A little party never hurt anybody.
3. CELEBRATE WITH YOUR PARENTS
Celebrating your birthday with your parents is just a very special way of thanking them for bringing you into this beautiful world and giving you life. Your birthday is a special time to celebrate the gift of ‘you’ to this world. Your parents need to be a part of your happiness. Let them now how blessed you are they are yours. Visit places, have dinner, spend some quality time with them. Nothing will make them happier. Make a wish, decorate a cake, be with them. Little things like these take up the most space in our hearts.
2. TRY SOMETHING NEW
One of the greatest fascinating things about living for another year on this planet is to spend more time learning new useful and interesting things. It could be something motivating such as preventing the failures from bringing you down or something as funky as learning to make ice-cream from fruits. Every birthday should be made a milestone that marks the goals of trying something new. It is never too late for you to learn new things in life. Thus, every birthday is a good time to go to Disneyland, learn knitting, or play some extreme sports. Do something new and memorable which brings about a lot of fun.
1. DO WHATEVER YOU LOVE
In the end, it all comes down to doing a little more of anything that makes you happy. Be with whoever makes you smile and laugh as much as you breathe. Be yourself. Wear a funny cap, buy yourself balloons, eat out at your favorite restaurant, or sleep in late if these are the things you want to do on your own day. More importantly, you should be with people who can make you feel happy when you spend time with them . Do not entertain negative people or thoughts in your life, at least not on your birthday. You can wear whatever you want and do anything that holds a better purpose for you. Don’t care about judgments, it’s just one day after all. One very special day. You are responsible for your own happiness.