Hey there, my sis and I are turning fifteen on Friday, and for some reason (don't know if it's stress from school starting soon or the fact that we're spending it with our dad instead of our mom) I just am not excited about it. I usually get really excited around my birthday, but this year's different and it makes me sad. Thoughts?
This may be really cynical of me, but to be honest, my first thought was, “welcome to adulthood”. It’s not always the case, but unfortunately, growing up means that birthdays become less special and exciting a lot of the time. Sometimes you have to do really mundane things on your birthday, like go to school or work or run errands (or the time I had to spend my 16th on a bus), and the stresses of life become too big for presents and cake to make all better.
That doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time, but you also have to accept that some birthdays are going to suck, sometimes they’re just going to be sort of ordinary days. It’s okay to be sad about that, but feeling that way doesn’t mean you’re doing anything wrong or there’s something wrong with you.
My best suggestion is that you try not to put so much pressure on yourself to have fun on that single day, and try to take advantage of every fun opportunity that you can. It can be just as special and memorable to do something on a random day as on your birthday.
All that said, I hope you do end up having a good day. Happy birthday, sweetie. <3