So many people seem to be under the impression that birthdays are meant to serve ass a reminder that you are now one more year older chronologically, and thus closer to death and old age. I… don’t understand.
The purpose of birthdays, as far back as I can recall, is to celebrate that hey – you’re alive! You exist! Woo hoo! Birthday parties exist because people in this world want to actually take a moment to express their happiness that you are in the world.
I get that a birthday might be a reminder too look back at the year just passed, and maybe when you do that you don’t like what you see. But look, up ahead… more time! More opportunity to change what displeases you so mcuh about looking backwards, so that next time your special day comes around it will be something you want to celebrate as much as the people who care about you do.