How to celebrate birthdays when you can’t be there

How are you all doing?  I know there’s so much to take in right now and life’s pretty stressful, I really hope you are coping okay.   It seems like a good time to battle your inner Eeyore and see the bright side of life. They say that optimism can be learned and apparently optimists live longer, have better relationships and earn more money! So let’s look for a silver lining in every cloud. 

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We hit a cumulonimbus this week…  My father turned 80 years old on Wednesday.  All our best-laid plans to celebrate this fabulous milestone fell by the wayside. From an epic once-in-a-lifetime family reunion in the Austrian Alps to a simple family gathering in the local pub to an outside lunch with no contact.  There must be millions of people across the world suffering the same fate, canceling birthdays & anniversaries with loved ones. Left in the wake of these cancellations is a void of a million hugs that were never felt. We need to bank them all and then go on a hug-spending spree when this is all over.  In the meantime, here’s a possible antidote to social distancing and a way to send a whole lotta love when you can’t be there in person.

With a little help from The Video of Everyone,  you and your friends can create a beautiful video montage to give anyone the celebration they deserve on their big day. If nothing else, it’s a fun activity to do with the kids, a way to stave off cabin fever and a positive distraction from everything that’s going on at the moment.  We made one for my dad, filmed across 3 continents, with everyone dressed-up and singing a verse of Stevie Wonder’s Happy Birthday (except for my Colombian Parents-in-law where the song title was lost in translation and they sung ‘New York, New York’. This made it even funnier). 

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So, if you have a family or friend’s birthday coming up, or know someone alone during lockdown who deserves a big virtual hug, create a video celebration for them.

Be kind to yourself

None of us know quite what the future holds or how to get through this, so the best way to manage everything is by doing it your way.  Don’t put any unnecessary pressure on yourself. If all else fails, just relax, do nothing for a day besides watching lots of trashy tv or repeats of your favorite films.

You deserve it.

Stay safe. 

Keep smiling (from behind the facemask). 

It’s going to be alright. 

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