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Yesterday I turned 40. According to some, I am now officially 1/2 way to the end.
There used to be a special kind of person who remembered everyone’s birthday every year. They always called or sent a card – they made sure at least someone remembered you. I always wanted to be one of those people, but I never remembered to notice birthdays. Heck, there were a few years that I forgot to call my parents on their birthday. That would be the difference between those special people and me :S
But now there is Facebook. And it reminds everyone of everyone’s birthday. And now all you need to it write Happy Birthday ‘on their wall’ and you can feel like one of those special people. But how do you pick who to say happy birthday to? Do you do it for every single ‘friend’? Only people you like? Maybe just randomly? Regardless – the deluge of birthday wishes, with the occasional compliment or poem is actually quite sweet. As easy as it, I find it touching. It is making ‘that special person who always remembers’ something of the past though – kind of like the mixed tapes you used to make for someone when you were flirting with them.
And as a 40 year old, I do feel a little old. I mainly wonder if I stand out like a sore thumb, or rather like a cougar, at the bar when I go out dancing once in a blue moon. Or if I can still pretend that I am 20ish and noone notices…
I love my birthday celebration, I love surprises and apparently I will be surprised tomorrow, eek, I am excited. I love my birthday because it is the only time I get the world to revolve around me. This is what “I” want for dinner. This is what “I” want to do today. Normally I make sure everyone else is happy first – but today (well yesterday, and I will string it out to tomorrow as well) I am a lot more selfish than usual.
So thank for all the birthday wishes. And Happy Birthday to you too (take it early or belated), because even with Facebook, I will probably forget to wish you Happy Birthday. And here is to another 40 years 🙂
As I walked in the door from some morning errands – what do I do now was running though my mind.
I am exhausted from a week of kids not sleeping well and a bad cold – so I want to take a nap; I would really like to get out for a run, and I can effectively replace sleep with exercise to keep my energy level up – so I should get my shoes on and go, and it is lunchtime – maybe I should eat first. Then, I think, I’ll just check in my emails/facebook/twitter first, then decide what to do.
That’s it! When I have a good plan, a few deadlines and goals in front of me the ‘social networking’ sites hold no allure. But when I am trying to figure out what to do next – it is much easier to distract myself with mindless information. Even deciding what to eat for breakfast or make for dinner will make me check my email. Why is a decision point a distraction attraction?
Hopefully now that I noticed this strange phenomenon, I will learn to just hurry up and decide – any decision is better than wasting time…