Birthdays are a funny thing, they are inevitable (the alternative is not better), they are funny (hallmark has made a mint), and they can be the source of amazing memories.
Personally, I really love celebrating birthdays. I think that they are the perfect excuse to do those things in which you might not have otherwise done. Perhaps that one reason that gets you off the couch to experience something new (and we all know how much I love to do that!).
I think my love of birthdays started when I was a kid. I never had a lavish birthday party myself (my birthday is close to Christmas, so many times I got the ‘combo’ gift), but I did witness something particularly spectacular. I watched as my mother threw my father a surprise birthday party (with 30+ guests) 5 years in a row. Each year, he was shocked, and each year my mother’s plans were elaborate and yet, exactly the same. It was glorious to see the look of shock on his face, and my mom beaming with pride that she pulled off yet another surprise.
As I grew into an adult, I have experienced some amazing birthdays that I will remember forever. A 2-day private soiree/dance/swim/hot tub/snuggly/movie event for 50+ people for my friend ZigZag‘s birthday.
My grandfather just got back from Havana Cuba where he celebrated his 80th Birthday. This guy is my hero, he has more stamps in his passport than anyone I have ever seen. It is especially amazing when you think about the fact that he was born during the Great Depression (when Herbert Hoover was in office), Gandhi was alive (and marching), Pluto was JUST discovered and Constantinople Turkey was renamed to Istanbul. WOW! (Btw – the pictures he brought back are AMAZING and I want to go SO BAD now!)
Personally, I think my favorite birthday so far was the one I celebrated last year in Mexico. It was me and six of my friends on a beach in Playa de Burros in the southern part of Baja California. We had fireworks, music and dancing on the beach, bioluminescent water, homemade spaghetti and magic spaceships. It was the BEST EVER!
Anyway, the reason I brought this up is that on Saturday, I hosted a birthday night for my friend Endi. First, Endi is an amazing woman. She dances, she sings, she makes crafty costumes and hair thingy’s and she has been my friend for a very long time, and she deserved an amazing birthday. Her birthday also coincided with Seacompression. So, she came to Seattle, got dressed up, and off we went. We danced until our feet were sore, came home to a warm snuggly bed, got footrubs and slept for all of about an hour before she was off to her next birthday event.
Happy Birthday Endi!
And for you, whether you celebrate or not, I hope you make this year the best year ever, no matter what your age, or when your birthday is. Start celebrating now!