It was my 24th birthday this weekend, and while it may not have been the perfect birthday weekend – it was the best birthday I’ve had in years.
I went into it this year with no plans and a not giving a f*** attitude and I wouldn’t change a thing. Here’s what I learned about having the best birthday ever.
1. You have to make your birthday great.
You can’t depend on anyone else to make the day special. Those who love you will absolutely add to the specialness of your birthday, but no one knows what you want better than you do. I bought myself balloons and played the day almost entirely by ear, but it was full of all the things and people that make my heart smile.
2. Keep realistic expectations.
If you go into birthday season like I always have expecting it to be a non-stop party and love shower, you’re going to be let down. Do what you want, when you want but don’t expect it to be anymore than you can actually orchestrate. I kept it simple this year with a brunch, some shopping, a gluten-free bakery trip and dinner with some solid people.
3. Spend it with people you actually like.
Don’t throw a huge rager with strangers you don’t know and people you don’t like. Even it means having brunch with your two best gals and then spending the rest of the day with family or your favourite colleagues, do it. It’s your birthday and you’re allowed to be selfish.