How to Support your Friend Through a Big Birthday
Is your best friend having a milestone birthday soon? Birthdays can be hard for a lot of people, and plenty start avoiding their birthday early on to avoid facing the idea of getting older. Maybe you have a friend that is turning thirty and who is worried they have not done enough off the life checklist yet, or maybe they are turning sixty and need a bit of uplifting to make them feel good about the years still ahead. As their friend, you should want them to feel good on their birthday. Here are some ideas on how you can turn their frown upside down and make their birthday a fun occasion to enjoy.
It could be that your friend will be comparing themselves to others or feel that they can no longer do things they used to, now they are ‘too old.’ When this happens, be prepared with a list of inspiring examples of ways that they can continue to do what they love, and others that are doing it who are much older. There are also several books, podcasts and inspirational ted talks that could really help lift their spirits.
It might be a good idea to get them excited about trying new things too, as they should still have plenty of years in front of them.
30 things to do before 30
A terrific way to put inspiration and a motivation for the years ahead into practice is to create a list of X things to do before the X milestone. This has become increasingly popular and can be a cheerful and positive way to look at the next decade or longer. The things on the list should be realistic, achievable and fun! There can be small objectives such as finishing a book series that they have been meaning to finish, to large objectives like visiting a certain faraway place. There are plenty of examples of tasks or objectives on the internet, but it is important that whatever your friend chooses, it makes them feel like they are going to be checking off things that will make them feel good now.
Extra special birthday greetings
Finding extra special ways to say happy birthday to your friend this year could really go a long way in cheering them up. If you can put a smile on their face, then it is worth it. It is even better if you can do something that will last. A good example of this is to give them a personalised happy birthday song. This is a unique gift and it is easy to arrange. You can simply express your birthday wishes and feelings about the person, and the type of music you want, and professional artists will quickly create a custom happy birthday song specifically for your friend. They’re bound to find it entertaining, and you barely have to lift a finger!
Overall, it is important to make your friend feel good on their special day and forget about the expectations that come with age milestones. Hopefully, you can sit down and have a good giggle whilst listening to your custom happy birthday song, and helping your friend write down their ‘to do’ list for the next ten years!