It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since I celebrated my 21st birthday at the beginning of a global pandemic. There wasn’t much open and take out was really the only option if you wanted to eat out. But, my friends and family made sure I still had a special day, from zoom calls, sending surprise packages and spending time with my roommate and neighbor. It definitely wasn’t the 21st birthday I expected, but it was still a great time!
Although most things are far from ideal right now, it’s important to look at the positives. More people are getting vaccinated, the weather is getting nicer and there is some light at the end of the tunnel. In less than a week, I’ll be celebrating my second birthday in a pandemic and I wanted to share some tips and tricks to still have a fun, safe, and special birthday.
First, spend time with those that you care about, whether it be virtual or in-person (if safe). For me, there are definitely people I have to meet with virtually due to distance and COVID precautions. However, I am lucky enough to have a select group of friends near me. I have my roommates, boyfriend and a couple other close friends who I have been lucky enough to safely see during the pandemic. They all make life a little easier right now.
Second, find safe outdoor activities. Personally I love to go hiking, set up my hammock and have a picnic. I’m okay with pretty much anything involving being outside. There are also safe outdoor patios to have drinks, coffee or a meal. It will vary based on your location, but my Peoria favorites are One World, Eli’s Coffee Shop (Morton Location), Obed & Isaac’s, Brienzo’s and CxT Roasting Company.
Finally, find fun activities to do while staying in. My friends and I love to play games, including cards and some board games. Some of our favorites are Code Names and Golf (the card game). We also like to watch movies on our projector. I definitely think staying in has its perks.
As much as I am looking forward to life after the pandemic, I like to focus on the good in life that is currently in front of me. For me it’s the little joys and positive moments that make life so great. Despite the pandemic, there are still so many ways to enjoy life. Here’s to hoping that this might be my last pandemic birthday!