Why You Should Make A Big Deal Out Of Your Birthday
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

Why You Should Make A Big Deal Out Of Your Birthday

Told with the assistance of Leslie Knope.

1523
Why You Should Make A Big Deal Out Of Your Birthday
Huffington Post

Your birthday is important. It only happens once a year. Rare enough that it isn't selfish to celebrate another year you've been alive and frequent enough that you should celebrate every single year. My birthday is coming up and I am going to celebrate it to the capacity of a religious holiday. Here's why.

My philosophy is we live every day of the year trying to do our very best and trying to be kind to people. I have the goal of making other people smile every single day. I spend each day trying to be the light in someone else's life. It is my choice to spend my time in this way. A lot of us spend most of our time loving and doing things for others and sometimes we forget about ourselves. It's important to love and do things for ourselves as well. After all, each and every one of us deserves to be celebrated for who we are and what we have accomplished year after year. Going above and beyond for our friends and family is such a beautiful thing, but once every 365 days, it's our turn.


You don't have to think of it as celebrating your age, either, if that's what you're afraid of. Most people don't see the relevance in celebrating age after 21, anyway. It is a day where others have the chance to make you happy. Friends come together to enjoy your presence and tell stories about you. It is a day where pretty much everything can rightfully be about you. This may or may not be a good thing.

Your friends and family have the chance to do something special for you, and that's a beautiful thing. It's a day dedicated to surprises, gifts, and free passes. You can do whatever you want as an exclamation of commemoration. You can go crazy and throw an all-day party for yourself or you can lay in bed and watch your favorite TV show as your significant other makes you food all day. However you choose to spend your day is socially acceptable because it's literally your day. The "it's my birthday!" excuse is valid for a full 24-hours and I fully recommend abusing that power. If anyone objects, let them know they can have the same power when it's their day. But not on yours.

Not to mention all of the freebies you can get from restaurants and stores on your birthday!

I see so many people who would go to the ends of the earth to make others happy, but wouldn't do the same for themselves. Why is that? I believe celebrating yourself is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves and it shows our personal growth. It's hard to wholly and completely love yourself, and sometimes we're scared of looking conceited or too self-involved. There's nothing wrong with acknowledging what you've done the past year not only for others but also for the betterment of you. Each and every one of us is deserving of love and happiness no matter who we are. It's not vain to want to feel special for one day out of the year. It just means we love who we are. If nothing else, that alone is reason enough to celebrate.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

4th Of July Is The Best Time To Vacation

The 4th of July is truly an amazing time to be with the people who make you feel the most alive and appreciate all the freedom that we do have.

628
4th Of July Is The Best Time To Vacation

My family doesn’t vacation much. But my earliest childhood memory of vacation is going down to the beach for the 4th of July.

Keep Reading... Show less
Swoon

Is Meaningful Casual Sex A Paradox?

Why noncommittal sex is more complicated than we'd like to think.

6068

I lost my virginity to a graduate student from Los Angeles. We’d met at a rundown cafe whose Yelp page complained of an alleged rat infestation. His name was Ken and he was 25. What drew me to him was the peculiar way his mouth was perpetually fixed into a sideways, half-moon shape that was like a smirk but without any trace of smugness. But the two most striking parts of Ken by far were the dinner plate roundness of his face and his small, expressionless teddy bear eyes. Of the things that mattered to him, there was his best friend, a college dropout who sold computer parts in Toronto, and sex.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

A Conversation About Sex

"Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature." - Marilyn Monroe

8737
Thinking Beyond Barriers

There it is. Even though I'm not around you, I can feel it. Was there a flutter of embarrassment in your mind when you saw the word sex in this article’s title? Did you look over your shoulder to ensure nobody was around before you began to read this?

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

13 Signs You Are A True Cancer Of The Zodiac

Calling all babies born June 21st - July 22nd!

6568
My Astral Life

I'm the first to admit that I am one of THOSE people who uses their zodiac sign as a description of themselves. I realize not everyone believes in astrology-related anything, and there are plenty of people who don't fit their signs. However, I'm one of the people who truly fits their sign to a tee. I'm a Cancer, a Crab, a Moon Child. It's currently our season fellow Crabs! So without further ado, here are all of the signs that you're a Cancer.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

The Blessing of Lacking Sex Appeal

To all the fellow non "it" girls out there

6329
kozepsuli.hu

Lacking sex appeal is not a desirable thing. It makes you fee not ugly, but wrong. Not having charisma is not a life goal. It doesn't make you fee friendless, but isolated. Not being the "it" girl happens, and tonight (and every nigh prior to this)

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments