It was my birthday this week. I’m not as excited as I used to be about my birthday for whatever reason, but it’s always something to celebrate all the same. I didn’t think about my birthday until the day before, really, so it was with great surprise that I ended up having a magnificent day.
There is a programme on at the moment on BBC. It’s called The Voice, and I’m sure lots of countries around the world have done their own version of it (through a costly franchise, that is). Yes, I’m a sucker for singing programmes. I just watch them all. Yes, yes, yes, you can think whatever you want. I just like it.
The judges in the UK always say something to the contestants when they finish a song and the audience is going mad. They say: “Take it in, take it all in”. I, for some reason, remembered this on my birthday. I had such an amazing day and just kept thinking to myself: “Take it in, Marilia, take it all in, you deserve it!”. I felt so good about myself and, literally, felt the love in all the messages I received and in all the celebrations: at work, with my boyfriend, with my family, with my friends. It was a superb day and the best of it was that none of it was planned. It was a spontaneous day, full of joy and love.
Alternatively, birthdays can be planned and filled with quirky things to do. Here’s a list to get you inspired (if your birthday hasn’t come up yet this year):
1. Buy gifts for other people and wish them happy birthday.
2. Wear a cape!
3. Make people sing the Happy Birthday song to you. (backwards)
4. Tell people your new age + 10 years, just to watch their jaw drop.
5. Randomly scream “It’s my birthday!!! Woohoo!” at odd moments (be creative).
6. Ask stangers what they got you for your birthday. If they respond in any way, run and scream, “Ahhhhh, I’m not suposed to talk to people!”
7. Hum (or whistle) the birthday song all day.
8. Take a picture of yourself (and do the same every year after that). You can check out your wrinkles. (nooooo!)
9. Make yourself a birthday cake. And eat it all on your own.
10. Throw a proper party (maybe I’ll do this one next year).
So there you have it. A few tips about what to do on your birthday and an overview of what made me happy on mine. Getting older is not so bad after all…