Low-Key Birthday Ideas When You Don't Want To Drink Or Party

Celebrating Your Birthday Doesn't Always Mean Partying, Drinking, Or Getting A Bunch Of People Together

It's more about doing things that I always love to do such as spending some time around nature, playing Guitar, eating desserts, and friends/family time.


First of all, I'm a huge fan of any kind of celebration either it's mine or someone else's. I just love to celebrate and you should too. I've heard people talking about how much they hate to celebrate their birthdays or, in some cases, any celebration at all. In my opinion, things can happen in everyone's life, but it doesn't mean that we stop living our lives. Also, celebrating a special moment, a day, or month in your life isn't always about party and drinking. It's a moment to be grateful for what you have and what you have accomplished.

I am always grateful for being human and for having an opportunity to live and discover this planet. Nature, the universe, and the people have been impressive enough to learn about and be part of all of them. In the age of AI technology and smart screens, we often forget to think about how grateful we are to have whatever we have in our lives. In fact, it's always a great excuse to celebrate life. Usually, I don't do it enough. To me, the celebration of my birthday is not like partying and drinking. It's more about doing things that I always love to do such as spending some time around nature (hiking, kayaking, beach,etc.), playing music, eating desserts, and friends/family time.

1. It gives me a chance to reflect on my life

Life is always showing signs of change, which implies me as well. From kindergarten to high school to last two years of college, there are such a significant number of memorable moments to look back on. I set aside this opportunity to assess my life up until now and consider where I want to take it next. For instance, one of the funniest and exciting parts is deciding future goals for the upcoming year. It's weird because some of them remain as goals. One of the primary reason I take some time to reflect on the past is that I like to analyze and learn from my mistakes and to understand myself better. If I say in the technical language, it's an operating system update. Yeah, I do only once a year, unlike Apple.

2. It gives me a time to reminisce about moments from the past

Reminisce about moments from the past is one my favorites because no matter how many times I hear my childhood stories from my Mom, they are always funny and sometimes embarrassing. I like to reflect on the past and grin about it. However, I keep on embracing my future. Birthday celebrations in my family can rapidly turn into a period of "recall when's" and hilarious stories of my sister and me. I adore this since we as a whole recollect stories distinctively and getting the opportunity to discuss life occasions with your friends and family brings a balanced viewpoint regardless of whether it appears to be humiliating at this point!

3. I deserve to be celebrated

Of course, it's my birthday means a time to celebrate. Receiving tons of birthday wishes messages and gifts from friends and family is always fun. Besides, I treat myself by buying a gift for myself. I know maybe it's weird, but I just do it. I think whatever way you choose to celebrate, it should involve whatever makes you really happy. There's nothing greater than being encompassed by individuals that you immensely love and care about.

Cheers to all birthday lovers out there! Don't let the haters discourage you, regardless of how old you are. You're a delightful soul who should be dealt with like eminence forever. As long as you're grateful for everything your friends and family ones do for you, there's nothing amiss with relaxing in the joy that accompanies your birthday!

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Austin Alexander Burridge, Volunteer Advocate, Shares 3 Great Reasons to Volunteer and Help Others

Austin Alexander Burridge is an avid academic who studies Environmental Science at Winona State University and believes that work in the service of others is a key pillar to personal development.


Sometimes it's easy for someone to adopt a "me, me, me" attitude. While focusing on oneself, a person may feel nice in the moment, but serving and helping others will bring lasting benefits. While there are many great reasons to serve and help others, there are three universal truths that resonate with volunteers around the globe.

Austin Alexander Burridge's 3 Reasons to Volunteer:

1. Accomplishment

Often, people fall into a trap of focusing on themselves when they are feeling down. Maybe someone did not get a job they wanted. Or perhaps a person gets dumped by an expected lifelong companion. Maybe someone feels they have underachieved after looking at Facebook and seeing great things a high school classmate has accomplished. When feeling down, helping others is a proven way to improve one's mood and attitude, and it can provide a sense of pride and accomplishment. The act of giving to those in need is an inherently good action and leaves people with a wonderful feeling of joy.

2. Gratitude

One can become more appreciative of life by serving others that have less. Whether volunteering at a soup kitchen, visiting the elderly at an assisted living center, or helping families after a natural disaster, service enables people to be grateful for what they have. Seeing people who have fewer advantages, especially those who are spirited and thankful for small things, allows one to realize just how fortunate he/she is in life.

3. Friendships

Volunteering is a great way to build meaningful friendships, not only with other volunteers but also with those who are served. One of the most profound and fascinating aspects of these relationships is how volunteers will learn from those served and vice versa. As these special bonds are built, they lead to impactful connections that last for years to come.

Of course, these are just a few reasons to volunteer and serve others. One can never go wrong by helping others as opposed to merely focusing on oneself. Volunteering invariably and inevitably contributes to personal growth, development, and satisfaction.

About Austin Alexander Burridge: Helping others has been of paramount importance to Austin, and as a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Austin gave back to the community around him. He also has participated in annual peanut butter drives, The Minnesota Sandwich Project for the Homeless and collected canned goods for local food shelters. Additionally, Austin has a passion for the environment, which he pursued when visiting the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and the Amazon Rain Forest while studying at the School of Environment Studies, which investigates ecological systems and their sustainability

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Saying You "Don't Take Political Stances" IS A Political Stance

All you're doing by saying this is revealing your privilege to not care politically, and here's why that's a problem.


I'm sure all of us know at least one person who refuses to engage in political discussions - sure, you can make the argument that there is a time and a place to bring up the political happenings of our world today, but you can't possibly ignore it all the time. You bring up the last ridiculous tweet our president sent or you try to discuss your feelings on the new reproductive regulation bills that are rising throughout the states, and they find any excuse to dip out as quickly as possible. They say I don't talk about politics, or I'm apolitical. Well everyone, I'm here to tell you why that's complete bullsh*t.

Many people don't have the luxury and privilege of ignoring the political climate and sitting complacent while terrible things happen in our country. So many issues remain a constant battle for so many, be it the systematic racism that persists in nearly every aspect of our society, the fact that Flint still doesn't have clean water, the thousands of children that have been killed due to gun violence, those drowning in debt from unreasonable medical bills, kids fighting for their rights as citizens while their families are deported and separated from them... you get the point. So many people have to fight every single day because they don't have any other choice. If you have the ability to say that you just don't want to have anything to do with politics, it's because you aren't affected by any failing systems. You have a privilege and it is important to recognize it.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "history will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."

We recognize that bad people exist in this world, and we recognize that they bring forth the systems that fail so many people every single day, but what is even more important to recognize are the silent majority - the people who, by engaging in neutrality, enable and purvey the side of the oppressors by doing nothing for their brothers and sisters on the front lines.

Maybe we think being neutral and not causing conflict is supposed to be about peacekeeping and in some way benefits the political discussion if we don't try to argue. But if we don't call out those who purvey failing systems, even if it's our best friend who says something homophobic, even if it's our representatives who support bills like the abortion ban in Alabama, even if it's our president who denies the fact that climate change is killing our planet faster than we can hope to reverse it, do we not, in essence, by all accounts of technicality side with those pushing the issues forward? If we let our best friend get away with saying something homophobic, will he ever start to change his ways, or will he ever be forced to realize that what he's said isn't something that we can just brush aside? If we let our representatives get away with ratifying abortion bans, how far will the laws go until women have no safe and reasonable control over their own bodily decisions? If we let our president continue to deny climate change, will we not lose our ability to live on this planet by choosing to do nothing?

We cannot pander to people who think that being neutral in times of injustice is a reasonable stance to take. We cannot have sympathy for people who decide they don't want to care about the political climate we're in today. Your attempts at avoiding conflict only make the conflict worse - your silence in this aspect is deafening. You've given ammunition for the oppressors who take your silence and apathy and continue to carry forth their oppression. If you want to be a good person, you need to suck it up and take a stand, or else nothing is going to change. We need to raise the voices of those who struggle to be heard by giving them the support they need to succeed against the opposition.

With all this in mind, just remember for the next time someone tells you that they're apolitical: you know exactly which side they're on.


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