Birthday Parties and Marketing Have More In Common Than You Think

In less than a month I (Rachael) turn 42. It isn’t a “milestone” birthday though a lot of really cool stuff happened this year. So why this sudden desire to have a birthday party?

I shied away from birthday parties after the age of 10 when my diverse social circles inevitably created a level of discomfort among the guests. My 10th birthday sleepover sparked in drama when one of my non-school friends left in tears because of a prank pulled by one of my regular school friends. She shouted, “How could you let her do that? You know I don’t believe in that stuff? Aren’t, you my friend?”

My social circles are even bigger now: Triathletes, Dancers, Gamers, Runners, Cyclists, Nerds, Co-Workers, Artists, Writers, Actors. Some overlap, most don’t. I’m not unique in this situation. I just stress more over the potential ramifications. Continue reading