February 10, 2014 by Kate Dore
As I’ve mentioned a couple of times, I will officially be
old thirty years old in a little over a month.
I had originally fantasized about taking a magical journey to Iceland to celebrate, however, with the bitter and frigid winter we’ve had in Nashville this year, I’m not feeling particularly motivated to vacation in the Arctic Circle. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still dying to visit Iceland, but I think my dream trip has officially been postponed until the summer.
One of the advantages of traveling to Iceland in March would have been the ability to take advantage of amazing off season prices. For example, a round trip direct flight from Boston was around $500. I had planned on finding an inexpensive, hip and cozy place on Airbnb outside of the city where I could relax and spend my nights trying to spot the beautiful and elusive Northern Lights. And maybe checkout a few badass waterfalls, too.
Now that my frugal trek through Iceland isn’t happening, I’m feeling less motivated to take a trip. As much as I want to make my thirtieth birthday unforgettable, I’m not sure if it’s really worth dropping $1,000-$2,000 to make that happen. Part of me thinks that I should compromise with a reasonable and quick trip to someplace close – Asheville or Chicago spring to mind (though neither of these places are warm!) But the practical side of me wants to skip the trip all together, treat myself to a day off from work, a massage (or a restorative yoga class), and call it a day. Maybe it’s really not necessary to spend my birthday on a glacier, at a mindfulness retreat, or on Michigan Avenue. Haven’t I traveled enough?
Why is it that we feel so much pressure to decadently celebrate (read: spend lots of money) for every birthday, anniversary, and holiday? Aren’t there other ways to celebrate oneself or a fantastic relationship? Why does it feel novel to feel appreciative of what you have, where you’ve been, and have that be enough? Wouldn’t it be nice to spend one of these special days not feeling like we needed anything more?
Readers: Do you relate to my perspective or I am being too cheap?