Being the girl who always gets excited when it comes to birthdays, I had started thinking about my birthday for almost a month. I mean obviously, my “18th birthday”. The current COVID-19 situation was so unpredictable, it was so difficult to decide if I would be able to actually go out or not. there were a lot of emotions which were felt during my birthday week. People in my family were sick, the government kept issuing new guidelines every other day and the amount of cases had a massive increase. I was kind of upset in the beginning about everything since birthdays mean a lot to me but as the days passed by, I had accepted the fact that it was completely okay and I started looking at the positives instead.
It was a day before my birthday, I wasn’t feeling what I felt every year but nevertheless, I dressed up a little. I then received an email from a university stating that I had been accepted. I started screaming and I was so happy and overwhelmed. Probably one of the best pre-birthday gifts. Later, a few of my closest friends met me and surprised me at 12. I wasn’t expecting anyone to make it but they did and it did feel super special. I cut my cake, unwrapped a few gifts given to me by my parents and after a while all my friends left. I had so many wishes from everyone, my family, my friends and all my loved ones. I was overwhelmed.
My day started pretty late. Had to obviously have a good birthday beauty sleep ;). With the guidelines and the situation at that moment, there was not much that I could do but my parents did everything to make it one of the most memorable days of my life. They booked a room for me in one of the hotels a little away from our home. After having lunch at home, I went to the hotel with my best friend. We checked in and dad had asked them to decorate the room and keep. It was a surprise for me and it was not something I had expected. I was feeling really grateful at that moment. I, then, quickly changed into my birthday dress, put on some makeup, and I unwrapped the gifts my friends had sent for me. All of them couldn’t make it to meet me in person but the gifts they sent were pretty cute. I cut the cake there, clicked a few pictures and then went down to the beach to see the beautiful sunset. We had a takeaway, went back to the hotel room and I enjoyed every bite of my favourite dish while watching the IPL match. I video called two of my other closest friends since they were not physically present with me. Both my best friend and I stayed up the night talking, dancing to music and munching. We barely slept. Woke up to a very content heart. An 18 year old girl, finally! Had a very delicious breakfast in the morning, had a warm bath in the tub, got ready and returned home with a lot of memories.
Honestly, I had a lot of things to learn this birthday. Learned the importance of family, friends, life and all those little things which we generally never valued but started valuing once they are taken away from us.
Never felt this grateful. My heart was full.
If you have been reading till now, thank you so much. This is my first post on my blog and I would love to hear your thoughts. Do tell me about how you celebrated your 18th birthday:)