Just Another Day....
If you know me, you know my position on birthdays and the importance of that specific day. As a kid, my mom made a HUGE deal about my birthday (and my sister's too...lol). I looked forward to it every year because this was my day to do whatever I wanted (within reason). If I wanted to just snack all day and not eat my veggies, I could. If I wanted to eat ice cream for dinner, I could. And if I wanted to stay up all night long and watch movies, I could. It was the next best day to Christmas in my eyes, and it was ALL MINE! I honestly figured this was how everyone celebrated their birthday. We didn't have tons of money growing up, and my mom never put emphasis on the number of gifts or the dollar amount we could expect. It was more about showing me why my birthday is so important.
As I became an adult, I still celebrated my birthday in this fashion. I always announced my birthday so that everyone would join in the celebration with me. The more, the merrier. But the older I got, the more I noticed that people didn't look at their birthday the same way I did. When I met my husband, I was so excited to celebrate his birthday with him, but he just shrugged and said it was just like any other day. WHAT!?!?! DID MY EARS DECEIVE ME?!?! I couldn't believe he had said that. I looked at him like he had insulted me. lol
I had to explain it to him, the same things my mom explained to me when I was younger. Your birthday is important because at the very second you took your first breath of life, you increased the world's population by 1. Think of ALL the people you've come into contact with in your lifetime, the friends, the relationships made, all of that would never be possible if you had never been born. In a world full of statistics, you're a part of it, whether you like it or not. His rebuttal was that life would go on still had he not been here, and this is definitely true. However, it wouldn't be the same. Yes, someone else would do your job, but there is only one YOU, and of all the billions of people on this earth, there is no carbon copy. People might be similar, have the same personality and characteristics as you, you might even be an identical twin, but there's still only ONE YOU!
When you start thinking about your birthday on that level, it really does change how you look at it, and hopefully how you celebrate it. It's YOUR day, even if you share it with tons of other people. That's the moment YOU changed the population, knowing YOU has changed someone's life, and it's definitely a day worth celebrating. And if today is your birthday, then I say HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!