AD | I’ve always had a bit of a love / hate relationship with my own birthday. Leaning more towards the “hate” side of the scale although there have been birthdays I’ve had which I’ve spent will all my (old) friends, felt incredibly loved and spoiled and thoroughly enjoyed. But the older I get, the more I dread my birthday. But I’ve always loved other people’s and being able to spoil them with birthday cards, special gifts, cakes, decorations – the lot!
I spoke more about the reasons behind why I don’t like my birthday in this post. And all of that still stands today. As I’ve gotten older, the number of friends I have has gotten less and less. For a number of reasons. But I don’t really have people to spend my birthday with – other than my boyfriend and my parents – anymore.
So I never make a huge deal of it. My boyfriend and I will probably go for a day out at the zoo. Then we’ll all go out for something to eat. I usually still get a cake and presents from them – but it’s mostly stuff I’ve asked for and/or need. Because I don’t like owning too much either and hate unnecessary “stuff”.
I think birthdays are an amazing thing to celebrate. The end of another year on this planet. The start of a brand new year full of potential opportunities and joy. Even just making it through another 12 months if you’re going through a tough period is cause for celebration in my opinion.
But I just can’t personally bring myself to do it.
And there’s no doubt that money might play a part in that too. How would I celebrate my birthday if money was NO object? If I could do, buy, spend and purge on whatever my heart desired in order to treat myself and heck, celebrate myself on my special day?
Well, it actually IS my 27th birthday next week (4th September, if anyone wanted to surprise me with any of the below!) so here’s how I would celebrate if money was no object:
First, I’d buy myself my dream car
I know I don’t like “stuff” but I don’t really see a car as an unnecessary item. It’s been years since I owned my own car. I’ve only had one car in my life, which was a cute little mint green Ford KA. But since that failed it’s MOT, got scrapped and my anxiety got too bad which stopped me driving for years, a car hasn’t been high up on my agenda.
But if money was no object, first of all, I’d get the best hypnotherapy that money could buy and get rid of my anxiety around driving. Then I’d buy myself a white Audi TT RS – my dream car!
I’d go out for a fancy meal with my family – no expenses spared!
Spending time with my family on my birthday is still important to me. Although I don’t like the day to be *about* me. More about having that time together on a day which is notable in our books. So a meal is always a great way to be able to do that.
I’d go to my favourite restaurant – Cote – and I’d tell everyone to order whatever the hell they wanted. And I’d order the most expensive bottle of champagne for my Mum too. I’ve been to Cote a couple of times and their food never fails to impress. The Risotto Vert is my dish of choice – a gorgeous, creamy, Vegetarian risotto full of greens!
I’d head off to Disneyland Paris for the week
I mean, I couldn’t not include a trip to Disneyland Paris in this post could I? I’d go to Disneyland Paris for every birthday if I could! But sadly I don’t think money would allow for that. But I’d really splurge out on an amazing holiday at Disneyland Paris – no expenses spared.
So that means staying in the Disney hotel, eating at all the best restaurants, fast passes, all the sugary snacks and of course some merch to take home with me. Although I don’t like unnecessary stuff, when I’m on holiday, I do like buying something special as a reminder.
And I’d ask Mary Berry to bake my birthday cake
I mean, you can’t have a birthday without cake. But there’s only so much joy an £8 cake from Tesco can bring you. Can you imagine a cake from one of the best bakers in the world sitting in your kitchen for your birthday? I’m drooling just thinking about it.
I’d probably go for something chocolaty – maybe a white chocolate and raspberry cake because that’s one of my favourite flavor combinations. If not, carrot cake or a lemon drizzle would be just perfect too!
If money was no object, I’d love to hear exactly how you would celebrate your own birthday! What would you treat yourself to?
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