It was January when I began to search for activities for my fourth anniversary. Page after page with variations on queries such as “budget friendly anniversary ideas + Atlanta + GA.”
I was rewarded with results telling me to create scavenger hunts. Or to serve him breakfast in bed. Or to write him a love poem.
I’m not saying those ideas don’t have merit, but they’re also chock full of Pinterest-level banalities. I wanted to get outside and do something while still being friendly to my wallet. Plus, you can do all of that without just writing cute little notes to your partner and tying them to a balloon that will go in a landfill in two weeks time.
Unreasonable expectations from social media have instilled the fear of missing out in the average person. It’s made us consumers of a well-groomed life which doesn’t exist outside of fairy tales. I want substance in my relationship, not platitudes.
Thus, we’ve had to find creative ways to make our anniversaries memorable while being conscious of our wallets.