As most of you may know, my birthday is this week! Friday the 26th to be exact. Yay? Eh, I've never really been a birthday person (I've always claimed my favorite holiday to be April Fool's Day actually). There is a lot of anxiety associated with this time of year, ya know? Fortunately, I now get to share my birth month with the latest addition to my family. My nephew was born last week!! A new baby joining the world is always a joyous occasion for everyone involved. The lives of the parents will forever be changed from this date forward. It is the moment when consciousness begins even if we may not yet be fully aware. it's just a beautiful time! Life at its dawning! In recent years, I've just tried not to have too many specific expectations in order to be pleasantly delighted by whatever the day may bring. I find this is the best way to handle life as well. Alas, it is a day that only comes (and goes) once a year. The day that we are made to feel just a little bit more special than everyone around us (and get free ice cream at Baskin Robbins). I suppose it is sort of an accomplishment huh? Life is freakin' tough! There are so many obstacles we face all the time, so it is quite a miracle that we've survived for so long. When I look at it like that, I suppose it's not such a gloomy thing after all. As I'm sure you can tell by now, today's post will mainly be me trying to motivate myself out of my generic birthday blues.
First off, after doing a search for the word 'birthday' on my site, I realize that I talk about birthdays quite often! Every single day of the year is basically a mini holiday to a percentage of the world, so I suppose it's always a relevant topic. It's crazy how differently birthdays are looked at all over the world. It's also interesting that certain cultures, religions, and locations have differing ages for adulthood. There is sweet 16 in America and Canada, quinceanera (I can't put the squiggly line over the 'n' on my computer for some reason) at age 15 in Spanish cultures, 12 and 13 for bat/bar mitzvahs, coming of age day at 20 in Japan, and so many others. In our society, 18 marks the time when you can start voting and buying cigarettes, 21 when you can drink, 25 when you can rent a car without an underage driver fee... all centered around that little ole day you emerged from the womb. One interesting birthday fact I discovered, people in North Korea don't celebrate birthdays on July 8th or December 17 because those are the death dates of the Kims. They have to celebrate it the day after. Man, I really have to go to North Korea one day. I'm so curious!
This particular year, I'm not gonna lie, I sorta wanted to do something special, but the day crept up on me! I'm the worst person in the whole world at planning things. It came way too fast, and now it's a few days away, so I'm just gonna roll with the punches at this point. Whatever will be will be. I actually do think I should shift my perspective on this date just a bit. It shouldn't be about the glitz and glamor of elaborate parties and drinking. This is literally the day to commemorate your birth! Perhaps I should meditate all day and reflect on the past years of my life, focusing my energy on the years to come. There are so many different ways this day could be viewed. It is truly all in the eye of the beholder.
If anyone else out there has a birthday coming up, how are you going to celebrate? Are there any cultural traditions associated with your celebrations? Are you at all anxious about the day? Even though I've never been super into birthdays, I've always been interested in the science behind the importance and meaning of certain days to people. I've met people before who don't care about their birthday at all, and never even tell you the date. On the opposite end of that, I know people who tell you months in advance to start preparing for the occasion. The day is truly what we choose to make it. It's totally up to you to decide how you want to spend it and what you want to do. If anything, take the day to feel special, important, and accomplished in the fact that you are still making your life out to be the best that you can. Happy birthday to me and happy birthday to everyone else everywhere forever! Wish me luck yall!
P.s. I always thought it was weird and a little bit backward how you get the most birthday gifts when you are too young to even remember getting them, and hardly any when you actually can use and appreciate them as an adult (no people, 'buying someone a drink' or merely showing up at a birthday party doesn't REALLY count as a present). All that being said, here is a little fantasy Birthday Wish List I cooked up! Not really expecting anything, but if you are feeling particularly in the mood, feel free! ***(I'm also accepting monetary gifts in the form of website donations, gift cards to stores I like, flights to and from wherever, rent for my apartment, a car, diamonds, a stay at the Ritz Paris, or food!)***
P.p.s. My nephew was born on May 19th (so unfortunately not a Gemini, but hopefully some of the cusp of Gemini magnetism has rubbed off). Congratulations Holly and Tony! And if I get some money for my birthday, I'll finally be able to get you that baby shower gift I said I was gonna get.
P.p.p.s. I've been tryna calculate to see if Beyonce' might have her twins on my birthday. I'd be totally overshadowed! Keep them in there until at least June B...