When was the last time you tried doing something for yourself on your birthday? Getting precious presents and taking out your friends and family for a " birthday treat" is one of the most obvious over-rated trend that has been following ever-since. And let's be honest here, is celebration all about getting midnight surprises, constant phone-calls, and replying to numerous texts on social media? Certainly not!
So what do you do then on your birthday to escape the cliche?
Well, turning 22 all I wanted was, to make my birthday special. To make sure that I do things for myself that make me happy and live the day on my terms. So I did the best I could have done. A day before my birthday, I made up my mind that I would be going to Diu on a solo trip. The decision had been made and under no conditions would I have changed it. The moment i stepped in Diu, I knew that I am in for a wonderful treat. The aura of the place is too amazing that it would leave you spellbound. I somehow managed to accomodate myself in a cheap guest house. And I was still anxious and excited about the clock hitting midnight, but this time I found myself on the stairs of an ancient building that was facing the beach. Cutting my birthday cake with such a lovely view infront, made me realise that this is just the beginning to a beautiful day. The roads had their own tales to tell and walking on those roads was a surprise in itself. The next morning I woke up, ready to explore Diu, which was covered entirely on foot. The best of my times spent in Diu were at the Diu Fort and on the Nagoa Beach. Both of these places had their own share of magic which made me fall in love with Diu. Everything seemed peaceful and better. I had all the time in my hands to gather thoughts, realise how important it is, to make sure that you take out time on special occasions like this. Apart from the travelling, I made sure that I also indulge myself into lip-smacking street food.
And, as the day was coming to an end, I realized that it was indeed the best birthday that I could have asked for. There was no greater present than this that I could have received. I realized how important it is to get lost in the unknown roads, I realized what it is like, to share your day with unknown people, I realized that it is nothing wrong in trying out new things for the very first time. And finally I realized that my decision to be at this place was not wrong.
p.s- my birthday is on 22nd December.
p.s.s- The whole purpose behind this trip was to chill out, so did not take my camera along.