I recently read a post where the subject matter was whether or not it was tacky to give yourself a birthday party. And I was surprised that some of the comments were rather harsh. I don't see what the issue is, but let me explain why.
For many years in my family, I was the family planner. If a birthday, anniversary, graduation, or whatever was coming around, I made sure there was a party and took care of the arrangements. And I mean I went all out, no skimping for this bitch. If there's a reason to celebrate, my thought is Go Big or Don't Bother!
That being said, you would think that when it came around to my birthday, that all of these people I have planned and sacrificed blood, sweat, and even a few tears for would step up and reciprocate right? RIGHT??? I mean that would only be fair. Well, apparently fucking not. On more than one birthday as an adult, I have been let down by the fact that those I hold near and dear had an EPIC FAIL and did NOTHING for my birthday. Oh I got a late card and a few phone calls, but come on! Seriously, this is the best you can do??
I haven't really stressed the importance of my birthday to me. It's the one day a year that I consider MY DAY, and yes I know I share the same birthday with lots of other people. But still. It's the day I set foot on this screwed up planet, so it's a big day to me. And I don't think that I should have to go without some kind of celebratory action simply because others are not with the program.
So I have to wonder, why is it tacky to plan your own blowout? I look at it as taking charge so your birthday is as awesome as you want it to be.