Today is my 22nd birthday and celebrating in lockdown isn’t exactly ideal. Many people have had to celebrate another year of life from inside their home but obviously it is incredibly important that we all do so. The past 22 years of my life have been packed with amazing moments as well as miserable ones and being stuck in the house has hopefully given us all time to reflect on how we lived and how we want to live our lives once lockdown is lifted.
There are many things I had imagined I would accomplish by the age of 22. I wanted to be building a career that I love, to have a home of my own, be financially stable and to have done way more things than what I have. Even though there are many things I haven’t managed to do yet, there are still a million things I have done that the average person probably hasn’t. I’ve stood in the Sistine Chapel, seen the northern lights, met hundreds of amazing people and been to 14 different countries. Instead of looking back and thinking of all the things I haven’t done, I only remember the things I have and how grateful I am to have experienced them. Lockdown has given me a new perspective on how I was living and how I want to change. I plan to stop saying no to plans, to experience as many amazing things as possible and to get out of the house as often as I can.
I never in a million years would have imagined that I would turn 22 during a global pandemic that had confined us all to our homes. This year my birthday is on a Friday for the first time in years and I normally don’t celebrate, usually I just have a dinner with my family and watch a movie but this year I actually planned to celebrate properly. Originally, I was going to head into Glasgow with my family, go shopping and wonder around, then go for a nice dinner somewhere and get a few drinks, then meet up with my friends and head out for the night. Obviously, this is no longer possible.
Because I can’t leave the house, my plans have changed and I actually don’t mind too much that they have. Instead of spending loads of money on eating out and drinking, I am going to have a chilled day. I plan to spend the day in my garden with my family, having a few drinks and a BBQ. Even tough this is close to what I normally do and I had planned something different, I am lucky enough to even be celebrating another birthday. Sometimes good company, good music and good food is much better than making a big deal out of something that isn’t particularly special and occurs every year. I am making my way to the point where I don’t want to celebrate getting older, I honestly get more excited over other people’s birthdays than my own and I’m totally fine with that.
All I’m thinking of now is how I will live my life in the future. I have done very little the past year of my life and I don’t want to feel like that this time next year. I want to live everyday as if it is my last. Sometimes this might not be possible as work and life get in the way but we should all be taking advantage of any free time we have to make some amazing memories. Although a lot of people are feeling down and upset that they can’t go out and celebrate things like birthdays, just remember how important it is that you stay at home and that lockdown will be over faster if you follow the guidelines.
‘Pursing your passions makes you more interesting, and interesting people are enchanting’ ~ Guy Kawasaki
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