While throwing a fancy brunch or a wild night-out on your birthday makes for a perfect picture album, it mostly leaves you with an insatiable longing. Feisty preparations, dressing up and anxiety building up concerning the guests list hardly leaves time to sink in the realization that it’s your day, your birthday. Most of the time, I have done it all – watching the clock hit 12 with dismay and wondering if I should have done it differently.
So this time, I really did it differently. And here are more ways to add deeper meaning and value of birthdays in your life.
1. Make a vision board
While I’m not much of a long-term planner, I am a self-confessed dreamer. Putting out your crazy and unbelievable dreams on a piece of paper makes more sense than forgetting them in a haze of day-dreaming. When you see your thoughts in tangible ways, somewhere you will not only start believing but will start working for its manifestation too.
What’s a better day than your birthday to make way for your dreams to come true?
2. Make time for at least one activity you’ve been putting off for long
Watch a play, spend time at a cafe or just go for an adrenaline-filled vacation. It’s your day and you got to prioritize what you’ve been putting in the back burner for so long. Birthday parties unfortunately end up being more about the guests than the one celebrating their birthday.
What’s a better day than your birthday to take make time for yourself ?
Go out there and adopt some fruity plants or tree, a pet or even a child’s education. Birthdays are a reminder that you are growing – hopefully beyond shifting to a larger size or buying another ageing cream. Adoption gives a feeling of responsibility and ownership.
I am having an absolutely beautiful time watching my strawberries change colors and shapes everyday! Honestly, I can’t wait to see how grown up my babies would be by my next birthday.
What’s a better day than your birthday to gift yourself the realization that everything that grows is prettier?
4. Make a gratitude list
Such is the misery of life – we freeze happy moments in pictures and bury tough ones under soaked pillows. A gratitude list will be an insightful reflection on the times you braved out of your dark place; thanks to some people or circumstances.
Digging out events to be thankful about will make you absorb how far you’ve come in these 365 days. Needless to say, it will give you a sweet smile – almost indispensable for this day.
What’s a better day than your birthday to be thankful for all that you got, and even what you didn’t? Thank God!
5. Make a difference, as little as that may be
While birthdays are beautiful to be thankful about what we got, its also a wonderful day to give back a little to the world. Donate some grains or notebooks in charity, offer some water to the needy or go ahead and make some sandwiches like me for little kids on the street.
There’s no guarantee that it will change their life. But that one smile they will give you, will make you feel fulfilled in ways I can’t describe.
What’s a better day than your birthday to exchange chocolates and smiles?
6. Reserve this day to kickstart something new
I think as we age, the excitement of birthdays die away. Sooner than later, we start seeing birthdays as an ugly reminder to how old we look or how not-at-all far we’ve come in life.
But if you start something on this day, chances are you will always have exciting reasons to be happy about. If you are thinking to start a business, a blog or even cultivating a habit like yoga or even something as petty as maintaining a journal – keep this day reserved for it.
What’s a better day than your birthday to throw yourself a challenge?
7. Replace 20-second birthday calls with 10-minutes of conversation
That insane rush of switching calls was exciting only in my teen years. Now, it leaves me empty when all calls end up within 10 minutes past 12 with conversation starting and ending with ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘I’ll call later, getting another call!”
With technology leaving our conversations to mere WatsApp, birthdays are still one of those sacred days to receive a call. Spend some time to talk to them rather than rushing to go off to your party or attend another one.
Time is the only precious gift you can give and receive. Go for dinners with your family. You owe it to your parents!
What’s a better day than your birthday to feel blessed to have gems of people in your life?