As told by the girl turning 23 tomorrow. I decided to do a little experiment: to see if I fit this list.
1. All the freebies.
I’ve decided that, since I’m still young and free and broke, I deserve all the birthday freebies (OK, maybe not all). But a few. So I actually found Minnesota-specific lists (lovely blog posts or articles) that include all the email sign-ups and places to show up that will give you some sort of freebie on your birthday. Problem is… gas money getting there. And all. The. Emails. Worth it? We’ll see! (My new personal mission is to find out).
First stop? ….Perkins for breakfast?
2. Having a party.
I opted out of this one this year because I hate planning parties (although it sounds like there might be one anyway). But if anyone can get away with planning their own birthday party still, it’s an early 20-something. Because, let’s face it, after 24 or so you don’t feel like celebrating the fact that you are getting older (or at least that’s what they tell me). As your twenties advance, the celebration becomes more of a “friends, let’s go get drinks/dinner and toast once.” Or drink wine and watch Netflix with your cat.
…or can you? I’m not really one to talk since I starting consuming a lot later and a lot less than most, but I’ve heard from others that it gets a lot harder to party hard the older you get. So, uh, make wise choices! Which include not staying in bed all the day after with a hangover (I won’t be!).
4. Getting gifts/cards.
I stopped expecting gifts long ago, but it’s nice when family members or close friends take the time to give a card rather than just a Facebook message! But this might not be something that will last forever (or at least not in the same form, as in free food/Tupperware leftovers).
5. Taking a day off.
Obviously not everyone can do this, but for those of you who have part-time jobs and have flexibility on your schedule? Make your birthday a holiday and celebrate however you want! With, of course, some productivity included (like laundry, maybe? Or bills… On second thought, maybe not).
6. Relaxing and not worrying.
Hey, you’re still in your twenties! Stop worrying about getting older and just get out and live.