I have a milestone birthday looming in the not-too-distant future and have been biting my nails over The Best Possible Way to spend one's birthday. A big party in Minneapolis surrounded by friends? At the top of the Empire State Building with my favorite New Yorker/college roomie? In Boston, amid the bricks and accents with a fellow former ex-pat? On a mountain top, all by my lonesome, meditating on the last three decades?
Here are are a few of the tactics I'm currently considering:
Steal a tradition from another culture
You know I'm a total anthro-nerd so I'm obviously all over this. I might make like the Norwegians and dance in front of my class with a friend or make myself a crown of feathers like Israeli kids.
Go to the top of your city's/states/country's tallest building at sunset
Take pictures in that perfect golden light, blow bubbles from the observation deck, thrust your arms behind you and holler about being the king of the world.
Climb a mountain
Feel proud of yourself. Take pictures of yourself in a triumphant pose.
Call your favorite radio station and dedicate a song to yourself
I really think I'm going to do this, probably to the tune of Prince's Raspberry Beret.
Write a letter to yourself in five years
What's your life like right now? Right this minute? Where will you be in five years time? A ranch house in the 'burbs? Opening for Feist? Barrel racing? I celebrated my 25th birthday in Taiwan, in an un-airconditioned apartment, languishing through a water shortage. I remember fainting and having to eat some KFC .
Get a ridiculous manicure and pedicure in birthday-worthy colors
Bright pink? With rhinestone? Or maybe gold with LV decals? I am all over this one, y'all.
Go to the Circus
(um, preferably one without animals that are mistreated.)
Free admission to Disneyland! Free Video Rentals! Free Sephora Gift! Or you could just go out to eat for every meal and see how many times you can get singing waiters.
Bungee jump. Or Sky dive. Or roll down a hill.
I think I'll try the latter.
Plan a long weekend getaway with the besties
Wouldn't it be great to ring in your new year, on the porch of a beach house, drinking champagne with the friends you loved most? Poking around a little tourist town, going out for brunch and buying sea shell earrings? Or paddling around the bay in kayak, getting a bit sun burnt? Hmmm, all of a sudden Duluth is sounding more fun than NYC!
Buy a star for yourself
Name it "Birthday Girl"
Throw yourself an amazing party
Don't wait for your BFF/partner/family to throw you a shindig. If you plan it, you can choose a theme, the food, the guest list. Only the best for you, bunny.
How do you celebrate your birthday? Any good suggestions for ringing in my 30th?