birthday, inspiration, life

Birthdays Are Meaningless

Yes, another one of my eye-catching titles! That might seem like I am some mope with a gun pressed to his temple, but have no fear: nothing could be further from the truth. There is a reason why I say this, and I am going to explain myself.

This thought occurred to me a long time ago, to be honest. Probably my 25th birthday. I remember it entering my head as if it were yesterday. I was watching TV, and I asked myself, “After you turn 21, what do birthdays mean anymore?” 21 is the last age where there is a new development: you can legally drink and enter bars and hit on women unsuccessfully. Well, maybe that last part is what happened to me (oh, how many nights and dollars were wasted in the pursuit of trying to be someone I wasn’t!), but the other two items are true for anyone…unless of course you live in a country where you could do those things BEFORE the age of 21.

But seriously, beyond 21, what is the significance in birthdays anymore? I guess they can be used as channel markers, a day you can pick to look back at the last year and see what you accomplished. If you accomplished nothing, that is okay, depending on your goals. (No goals? No accomplishments? No problem!) It also depends on the adversity you faced.

To be honest, that is a thought I just had: using birthdays as a starting AND ending point for goals. Pick this day to say, “Okay, by the time I am 44, I want to have done A, B, and C.”

Up until this moment, I always thought that, after 21, the only birthdays worth celebrating were the ones that marked your entrance into a new decade (30 years old, 40, 50, etc.) I’m glad I had this idea because I’m the type of person who always needs a method of tracking progress and success. I need a timeline that helps me aim for achieving a goal.

You see? Writing this blog is just as much for me as it is for sharing my occasional nuggets of wisdom with you folks.

Happy birthday to me!

~~~Steve

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