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  • It's hard for me to think about birthdays... It's not because I'm getting older, it's more because I really don't know how to celebrate them

    I've either always shared my birthday or it was right between the super bowl and valentines day... it's kind of hard to get your friends to go to a birthday party, event, thing (whatever) when they have to take their girlfriends out for diner.

    In elementary school, my best friend (Brad B.) also had a Feb 11th bday. While it would seem like a cool idea to have your best friend have the same bday, it really wasn't it was kind of a drag... kind of felt like I was fighting for a day, who could have the bigger or better party. Silly crap to look back on now, but still we all want to feel unique and recognized on our birthdays.

    As an adult, I would end up sharing my birthday with my ex-father in-law... talk about never having much of a chance at having a say in what I might want to do. I have an wife and mother in-law having to plan larger family dinners. It was nice to feel included but I never really felt that included by them... I guess that was a sign of things to come.

    Nowadays it seems harder for me to feel "YEAH!!! It's my birthday." Gifts are great when we are kids... but as an adult, I can buy myself the gifts that I want and honestly, I do (those are other issues I need to work out). It seems like most people will log onto facebook and post "HBD Dude!" or equivalent on my wall, timeline or whatever Mark Z calls it this week.

    Hopefully, I'm not just jaded for life... I really wish I could say "It's my birthday... shower me with attention" but that's really not me. Maybe I just need a low-key diner with friends.
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