Wisdomology

BIRTHDAYS: GOOD OR BAD

“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.”
-William Barclay

Today happens to be my birthday. I, like many others, rejoice in getting birthday wishes, the love of family and friends, parties, etc. In short, I love celebrating.

There are people, however, who feel the opposite. Every once in a while, one of my older friends or family members will say something like “It’s just another day for me.” Or, “It just means less time alive.”

I’ve never quite understood this point of view. Even if you’re going through tough times or feel all alone or fear old age, I’ve never seen the point of the neglecting birthdays. Throughout the year, we have various holidays dedicated to so many historical dates and moments.

Your birthday is the one special day of the year when it’s just about you (unless it happens to fall on a holiday). Why would anyone not take advantage of that? If you fear old age, think about it optimistically. It’s one more year that you’ve beaten various ailments to survive. It’s one more year of more knowledge, more wisdom and maturity going forward.

If you feel lonely, treat yourself. A couple of years ago, none of my friends were in town to celebrate my birthday. So I bought myself a cake and relished it. I also put up a picture of the cake on social media and lo and behold, it was like having a celebration. A digital celebration, but a celebration nonetheless.

In this day and age, I just feel that any negative factor of celebrating someone’s birthday can be countered effectively. Social media is not always the healthiest platform for a lot of different reasons but when it comes to birthdays, it’s definitely an exception.

Whoever you believe put you on this Earth, God or the universe, you’re here for a reason and therefore, a person that deserves to be celebrated and loved. So celebrate your birthday. For that matter, celebrate any good occasion. You deserve it and so does everyone else.

How do you feel about birthdays? Do you see the point of view of people who look at them with indifference? Why or why not? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.

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