If you let it, quite a few special things happen when you hit another birthday. I think the secret is in waking up on your special day feeling that it is special. Like you’re a kid in your new pajamas opening your eyes to your 7th birthday anticipating a pony. I knew I wasn’t going to get a pony, but I learned a few new things, which I think is what you are supposed to do on your big 2-8, really.
1. The thoughtful presents count more. A birthday greeting from my mom, a Loki 7/11 tumbler and plastic violet birthday sunglasses from my sisters, a chocolate mousse jr from officemates = priceless.
2. God reserves the year’s best presents for your birthday. He gives you the things you need without you asking for them. Hopefully He also doesn’t mind if you keep fervently repeating the same request at each opportunity for prayer.
3. It’s not all about you. It’s about family and friends. It’s about the people I could help in my tiny little way. And as Charlie so wisely said, it’s also about my mom:
“I love my mom so much. I don’t care if that’s corny to say. I think on my next birthday, I’m going to buy her a present. I think that should be a tradition. The kid gets gifts from everybody, and he buys one present for his mom since she was there, too. It think that would be nice.”
– Charlie (Perks of being a Wallflower, Stephen Chobsky)
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