It’s wonderful when people celebrate the day of your birth. However, being the center of attention can be a drain for many, including introverts. So here’s what you can do to endure with grace.
- Make your birthday a day of giving to someone else. It was awkward the first time I revealed presents to my family after they had given me gifts on my birthday, but I like seeing the surprise on their faces. Plus, if I’m more concerned about them than I am about how drained I am, I’m less likely to watch the clock and grin and bear it until it’s time to go home.
I also plan to create a wider day of giving to the community on my birthday. In that way, if someone wants to celebrate with me, they can help me give donations to the charity shop, or something. (I haven’t figure out the exact thing, but it’s something on my list to do.)
- Remember that the people who love you enough to celebrate your birthday might not always be there. Cherish these precious moments; things will change one day. It’s worth the social strain. I say this to challenge you to savor the moments. (Click here to read some tips on how to savor them.)
- Remember that your birthday is not all about you. Even if you are tired and worn out from people, you’ve had your social quota for the day, remember your loved ones want and need to make memories with you. You are special to them; let them make their memories.
- Just accept the well wishes and the discomfort. If all else fails, remember that this birthday party will not last. And when it’s all over, you can go home and crash. There are worse things in the world than people celebrating the fact that you were born.
Let me know how you handle these things.