Today is my birthday, or so facebook tells me. Aside from last year, this is usually when I make my "New Year's Resolution". This is due to the fact that, to me, it is a new year. I don't need to subscribe to the January first model due to my first year starting 22 years ago.
This is one of those years that doesn't really carry anything of much importance with it. In fact, as a boy, there aren't very many at all that carry any exceptional amount of weight. Off the top of my head I'd say the birthdays of manly importance are these:
10: You've lasted a decade and have a pretty good idea of who you want to be, or at the very least which color power ranger you'd most likely become.
16: You can drive now, so prepare yourself for all the ladies!!! Haha just kidding, they can drive, too.
18: You are now technically an adult. This one is important legally, so I'm kinda obligated to put it here. (Fun fact: I waited till now to get my license)
20: Two decades... This one actually threw me off just thinking about it... Two decades...
21: You can drink now. If you want. Fair warning, though: most alcohol tastes horrible. Like really really bad. It's honestly not worth it.
30: People start calling you an adult without hesitation or using air quotes
40: By now most people you know will use your title and last name, and kids will be freaked out when they find out you have a first name.
That continues on in that pattern (decades), but I won't bother you with all of them because I haven't actually done enough in depth studying of what it's like to be anything above 45, so I probably couldn't represent it that well.
As you can see, though, the rate of important birthdays drastically decreases after the mid-20's. It is a slightly less steep of a fall for women, but I'm not one of those, so that doesn't matter right now. It doesn't bother me too much that eventually birthdays won't matter nearly as much. To be honest, I'm not a big birthday kind of person.
I appreciate when people congratulate me on living as long as I have, despite the naysayers who thought that I wouldn't make it this far. Well, despite my early years of active impish-ness, I survived and have in the last 5 or 8 years moved on to a much more passive pranksterism.
So thank you for all of the birthday greetings that were given to me via the social media websites today, and the ones I was given in person! I will talk to some of you soon, some of you when I go Wales in the fall, and some of you I will hear from again next year when Facebook tells you it's my birthday again!
Don't worry, I love you all the same.
Thanks for reading!
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