Just had my 38th birthday this weekend. All I can say is big friggin deal. It's just another day - especially this time of year. It's nestled in between the Christmas holiday when people are already stressed about spending money and buying gifts for everyone.
Don't get me wrong - I'm grateful for my friends and family for all their gifts and good wishes. And sure, I have a lot to be thankful for. I just wish society didn't make such a fuss - birthdays, holidays - they're all about pressure. It's assumed you're going to have a great time. "It's your big day!" Blah, blah, blah.
Well, gee, I was sick on my birthday - on the friggin' couch most of the afternoon with a nasty head cold and a sore left foot. Happy birthday!
Birthday, holidays - they're all about obligation. Gotta buy this one a present, gotta buy that one dinner.
Gotta tip my super. For what? For the leak in the bathroom that he didn't fix properly?
Or how about when you repeatedly go above and beyond for a particular person and he barely makes an effort for your big day? A text message? Really? And you call yourself a gentleman?
Or how about this one - you go to your local restaurant one night, tell the host it's your birthday and he says, "Cheers," while pouring what you think is a complimentary glass of wine. And it shows up on the bill.
Or you go to your regular beauty salon where people are surly and barely grateful for the tips you've given them. And you've just been charged a lot for a plethora of services.
Bah humbug. Wake me when it's January 2nd.