I mean, what’s so important about a birthday? We were born on a certain date in a certain year and we are definitely not going to be born again and again on the same date. So, what’s the point of celebrating our birthday?
When we were kids, we were excited about celebrating birthdays because we could go to school with our birthday dress (mine was in summer holidays, so I never had this opportunity), distribute chocolates to friends (and eat more than what we give), throw a party at our house and call in friends/neighbors to have fun, eagerly wait for them to leave so that we can open the gifts, and in general we want to hog the limelight for that one day.But why do people aspire to celebrate their birthdays even after they become adults?
During college, we are expected to give a treat to our friends and suddenly we find that so many people have become our best friends! So, we take them to a shop and these people eat as if they did not have lunch on that day (some of them don’t). After the bill is paid, we get to participate (read: be on the receiving side) in the event of birthday bums. If you don’t know what that is, it’s better not to. Somehow, I escaped from this every year 🙂
When we start working, the first thing in the morning (of the B-day) we find a happy birthday mail to all our colleagues from the friendly HR team. That’s it, all hell breaks loose. People plan where to go for lunch, what desserts to order, where to have ice-creams/juices, how many (more) people can be called, etc and inform you just before lunch time. These days, one can’t say I don’t have money, because a trip to the ATM is included immediately. One can’t even say it’s month end and my finances are tight – Everyone knows we have credit cards! Damn these things.
During the evening, the normally-busy-friends-and-cousins-on-their-birthdays are already present in your home! Oh, they become so friendly and even offer their planning services so that you can have fun! Of course, they bring a small cake which they make you cut and drench your face into it, once you cut it. Well, you get the whole cake for yourself, but you can’t eat even a bit of it. Then its going out and helping many shop keepers run their business 🙂
It’s no use trying to keep your birthday secret. There are so many online services that remind people (often weeks in advance). Remember the birthday calender where you once innocently gave your birth date? Even otherwise, there is facebook!
And then there are wives (Disclaimer: I am not married) who expect you to remember their birthdays, their cousin’s daughter’s birthday, their grandparent’s cousin’s daughter’s birthday….. Well, you get the drift right? Even if you forget one birthday, you are in deep trouble. And if that one birthday happens to be their’s, well you know the consequences. And they love surprises during their birthday. That’s why we surprise them by forgetting that very day. Why can’t they understand this simple logic? 🙂
Birthdays are the most meaningless forget-worthy days which remind us of the number of years of our wasteful existence on this earth. Period.