Are there reasons not to celebrate your birthday? I´m beginning to wonder if there are some – but then I have had quite a few birthdays! So I´m getting tempted to ignore birthdays, as it´s starting to seem a bit pointless celebrating. And I can´t be the only one who thinks this way! Besides, if you don´t celebrate, you can pretend it hasn´t happened ;) So here are some valid reasons not to celebrate your birthday … and stay forever young!
I once read the following: ´There is a time you should expect people to stop getting excited about your birthday. That time is aged 12.´ Whoever wrote it had a point. Birthdays aren´t really that exciting once you´re into double figures, and not everyone wants to mark milestone birthdays such as 30, 40 or 50. So that´s a good reason to ignore birthdays.
What can you do to celebrate your birthday? Go out to dinner … again? A good reason to ignore birthdays is that it can all become a bit repetitive, as you end up doing exactly what you did last year (and probably at the exact same venue). Of course, there are more imaginative ways to celebrate, although that then puts you under pressure to find something exciting and different.
Probably one of the best reasons not to celebrate your birthday is that it can be very expensive! Even going out to dinner can be pricey when you factor in the cost of dinner, drinks, taxis and babysitters. Everything´s expensive these days. So if you choose not to celebrate, you´ll not only save yourself a small fortune on a night out (buy yourself a gift instead), but your friends will probably be relieved that they won´t have to shell out either.
Whenyou think about it, what is the point of birthdays anyway? It´s just a number, and yet people impose a significance upon it, and think that if you´ve reached a certain age, you have to behave a certain way. I firmly believe that the date on your birth certificate only has a meaning if you allow it to. I refuse to
have anything to do with my biological age!
Another reason to ignore birthdays is that it´s an arbitrary date. So it marks 365 days (or 366 in leap years) since your last birthday – so what? It doesn´t really mean a great deal. In fact, it can actually be quite depressing realising that another year has gone by!
Ask yourself this question: are you really that keen on celebrating your birthday? Or do you just do so because your family, spouse or friends expect you to? If you´re not really that enthusiastic about the prospect, then you´re under no obligation to celebrate in any way. So if you´d rather not, then don´t bother (although presents are rather nice).
Does anyone tell you ´You have to do something, it´s your birthday!´? Do your friends drag you out to a bar when you´d really rather rather be at home with your feet up watching a movie and eating pizza? Don´t be pressured to do anything you don´t want to do – it´s your day, and you can ignore it if you wish!
If you don´t want to ignore birthdays, then you have every right to celebrate – go out and have a great time! What I am saying is that nobody should feel obliged to celebrate; birthdays don´t always mean a lot to some of us. Do you find that
people automatically expect you to want to party, and you have to find reasons not to celebrate your birthday?
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