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Carley Nail

Are Birthdays That Important?

I’ve never had a strong attachment to my birthday. Sure, the presents are nice. But, it’s just a day.

At least, it is in my eyes.

I could never be one of those people that have a “it’s my birthday” sash. And don’t even get me started on people that act like it’s their birthday throughout their whole birth month.

It seems excessive. Some people care about their birthday too much. Or maybe they like the attention.

I’m all for celebrating birth, but should you get upset if someone forgets that it’s your special day? No.

My birthday is this week, so I feel like I can talk about how they aren’t that important. I’m not bringing it up so that if you see me you will wish me a happy birthday.

But no one is obligated to notice or make a big deal about it. 

One time someone told me that they were upset because their birthday wasn’t what they thought it would be. 

I’m sorry?  Everyone cannot stop what they are doing because it is your birthday. Life goes on.

I went on a little bit of a rant there, but I think you know where I’m coming from.

I would once again like to say that I am not a birthday hater. I buy my friends birthday presents. I attend their parties if they have one.  I do not boycott birthdays.

But people should not act like their birthday is a holiday. You are not Jesus. I’m not taking the day off to celebrate your 21st birthday.

Do whatever you want for your birthday.  Just don’t have the expectation that everyone else is just going to fall in line with your plans.

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