So, if you've been reading this site for a while, you'll know that I really like my birthday. In fact, I get pretty darn excited about it. I'm not sure why and I don't know how to explain it, but I just really like my birthday. I tell people that it's my birthday. I remind those around me that my birthday is coming up.
When I worked at Bridgewater Systems I had a Happy Birthday banner that I hung up in my cubicle for a couple of months, just because I liked hearing people say "Happy Birthday".
Now I don't do this in attempts to get presents or have a party. Nope, I just really like my birthday and I like hearing people say "Happy Birthday". In fact I love celebrating other people's birthdays. I think that a birthday is a day that is just for you and it is your day to feel special. (Not that you shouldn't feel special everyday.)
This year is a different birthday for me. In less than one month I won't be able to say I'm in mid-30s. In fact I'll have to switch to saying "I'm in my late-30s". Yes, I'm turning 40. Crazy. I don't know what I thought 40 would be like but I guess I'll find out soon.
I remember when as a kid my mom and dad turned 40 I would tell random people something along the lines "My mom is 40 now" or "Did you know my dad is 40?". This would often result in some raised eyebrows from my parents and usually a slight smile from the recipient of this news (often someone working in the hardware store or bagging our groceries).
I don't feel any older or worse-for-wear than I did five years or even 10 years ago. In fact I feel better today than I've felt in the last two years. My bones do creak a bit more and I do find myself being forgetful but I'm not sure if this is any different than when I was younger...
The big question I used to always ask my parents as the countdown to my birthday was on was this, "Can I get my bike out by my birthday?". Funny how some things never change. I'm always counting down the days to my birthday and when I can get my bike out for a ride.
Maybe today is your birthday - if so - enjoy it and celebrate. If it isn't your birthday, it is okay to pretend and go out for a nice "birthday" supper - you deserve it. Just don't go all crazy with showing off your birthday suit...