|Turning 50 with my husband - and a birthday badge that says "28" - I wish!|
Well I've decided to link up with the #FridayReflections girls and write on one of their topics. For this Friday I picked the one that I thought would be the most fun (kind of my mantra lately!) and its:
"What was the last big achievement you celebrated, how did it make you feel, and what did you do to celebrate?"
The first thought I had was weddings - our son's and our daughter's, but they aren't really my achievements to be celebrated as such. They are our children's achievements - finding the right life partner and celebrating linking your lives together. So, the last big achievement that was actually about me would have been the big milestone of turning 50.
The trouble with being a non-party person and deciding to throw myself a birthday bash was finding the happy medium where it's not so stressful that I would have a miserable time, and yet there is enough going on that I could officially give it "party" status. I'm really horrible at mixing large groups of people who don't know each other well - I always worry that someone is feeling bored or left out or whatever (probably because it's been me feeling that way plenty of times - did I mention I'm not much of a party person?)
I have quite a wide circle of friends and acquaintances (one of the benefits of having been alive for a long time) - friends from my youth, from those we met as a couple, from neighbours, from work, from church and from anywhere and everywhere. I wanted to invite them all but I didn't want to be madly running around trying to make sure everyone was having a good time. In the end I reached a compromise, I invited only friends who knew each other and who lived within easy reach of our home.
We decided on a lunch get together and sent out invitations adapted by my clever husband:
Everyone who was invited turned up and it was a really fun, relaxed time - there was a "no presents please" clause so nobody had to think up a gift to give me. People chatted and caught up with each other, our daughter made it down for the day and it was casual and I had a lovely time. It was definitely worth putting myself out of my comfort zone and I'm so glad that I made the effort - after all, you don't turn "28" every day......or do you?