Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Birthdays

12th Birthday? 
This is the first time in as long as I can remember that I wasn't really excited for my birthday. I would of been perfectly fine if it simply came and went. I don't know if its because I'm getting older or if it's because it was on a Monday. There's not really much to do on Mondays, I did once go play beer pong at a bar on a Monday. It was actually pretty fun. I wouldn't mind going again, but it wasn't in davis. In college town there has to be a place that does that though.

Anyways, it got me thinking, do birthdays become less important as we get older? We all know about the dreaded 30th birthday, its consistently depicted in media. I recently saw how sad my brother-in-law was to turn 30. We know the 13th birthday is big because you're finally a teenage, the 16th because you can drive a car, the 18th because you're legally an adult, the 21st birthday arguably being the biggest because you can now drink. So, what happens between the ages of 21 and the dreaded 30th birthday?

Do we simply care less? When do birthday's stop being the big deal they were when we were little? Does that happen or is it more dependent on what is happening in our lives? My friend turned 24 over the summer and he was super excited about his birthday. We went out 3 days in a row for it, each day bigger then the day before. It was a really fun weekend.

21st Birthday in San Diego
Last year, I literally did nothing except go out to a nice dinner with my boyfriend at the time. I had drill that weekend too, but I got into a car accident the Friday before and ended up not having to go. Don't worry it was nothing serious. However, I was still looking forward to it, even though I had nothing planned. I was still excited, but the day was really nothing special at all. I may have been excited though simply because I no longer had to go to drill and got to sit around all day on the couch instead.

I think this year, I knew I was busy the weekend before my birthday and my birthday was on a Monday, so, there wasn't really much I could do for it. So, I wasn't excited because I knew nothing could really happen. There's nothing to be excited for if you can't celebrate. Basically, I think the happiness around birthdays is situational, and then you hit 30. I don't know how that feels yet because I'm not there and I'm not ready to be there. I'm worried enough about not being super excited for this birthday. Whenever your birthday is, whether you're looking forward to it or not, I hope you have a good one and one that simply you enjoy. Because your birthday is all about you.

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