tomorrow is my birthday
September 29, 2003 05:10 PM

I really don't get this thing with adults and laying claim to their ages. It's as if birthdays become verboten after you reach the ripe age of 21.

I have some important life rules on that subject.

1. Thirty is absolutely not old. Not even remotely.

2. Twenty-two, when you've graduated from college and run out of birthdays that grant you new freedoms, might seem old, but it's not, either.

3. People should never, ever make posters that say "lordy, lordy, look who's forty". It's a forced rhyme, and you should really only use those in truly clever poetry.

4. Not having some form of celebration of yourself during the course of each year (birthday or otherwise) is a sad, sad way to live. You rock, trust me.

5. There is absolutely nothing in your life that you must accomplish by a certain age. The only thing you can be positive about is that your life and your expectations will change.

Of course, I made up all these rules as I just wrote them, but they do represent my general birthday philosophy. I have the opposite problem from most adults, a trait I doubtless carried over from my [only] childhood: I totally build up the birthday, which makes it very hard for a single day (all too often a work day) to live up to my expectations.

I have another rule for that.

6. All birthday or birthday-like celebrations should be a week in duration. Hey, if the gods get weeklong festivals, why can't you?

So, the birthday actually started yesterday and culminates this Saturday night, as all good dionysian festivals should, with a semi-raucous party and lots of food.

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Happy Birthday! Yay for hedonistic dionysian festivals, and any excuse that instigates them!

I felt old at birthdays 22, 23, and 24, especially since I started college at 23 and my academic peer group was largely five years my junior. But, this year, for 25, I feel young again, with the "Hey, I'm only 25! Where's the jager?"

One has to admit, however, that the late 20-something body doesn't recoop (i.e. from said jager) nearly as fast as the post-adolescent body. Now, one must temper the diosynian festivities with liters of water and bottles of aspirin.

these are the thoughts of Anna on September 30, 2003 01:07 AM

Happy birthday! Happy celebrating life day.

these are the thoughts of house9 on September 30, 2003 11:25 AM

Happy Birthday! Rock and roll all night if you want, hell all week. and I would have to agree that you are pretty cool.

My 30th birthday was the best ever! I was surrounded by all my various friends who couldnt' believe that I was friends with all of them because they are so different from each other, I had wonderful sushi, we sang to great Japanese karaoke music, my co-workers (the majority of which are women in their 50's) were very supportive and amazed at how well I was handling such a milestone birthday, and I realized that I truly was becoming a person I could be happy with. What better birthday present is there?

these are the thoughts of Cinnamon on October 2, 2003 01:21 PM

i should add, in response to cinnamon's comments, that this year isn't actually a milestone for me (i'm turning 28, which isn't a milestone by any calendar i know).

but the birthday rules apply, milestones or not!

these are the thoughts of april on October 2, 2003 03:52 PM

Happy Birthday!
Fifty is good. I feel old. But that's not all bad.
Hope you're having lots of little parties leading up to the big one.

these are the thoughts of Tish on October 2, 2003 06:31 PM

I have another rule to add to that - 50 is, at most, middle-aged. I'm working from the optimistic perspective that everyone cool will live past 100. ;)

these are the thoughts of april on October 3, 2003 09:18 AM

tomorrow is my birthday...oh joy :):) nice thoughts

these are the thoughts of Lacy on April 15, 2004 09:08 PM

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