It’s My Party, I’ll Laugh if I Want To

Oct 15, 2012 by

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
-Satchel Paige

Birthday BlissThe 42nd anniversary of my magnificent world premier came and went last Friday, along with the official launch of ThriveQuest.

I don't really make a big deal of my birthdays, they're not terribly significant events to me in and of themselves. I feel like once you get past the age of about 11 or 12, birthdays are just another day of the week, equally as awesome as the day before or the day after.

Don't get me wrong -- I'm fully in favor of the celebration of my life and for that matter those who know me best might say thats something I'm doing at all times; which is kind of exactly the point.

I just can't see why so many people have been bamboozled into embracing this concept that the celebration of their existence should be boycotted for 364 days of every year.

I'm not in favor of that.

Oddly enough, I'm reminded of something a young Mike Tyson once said when an interviewer asked him a question along the lines of whether he'd ever gotten mad at his opponent in the ring.

Tyson said there was one guy who said something during the fight, I believe about his mother, which enraged him - but he was confused as to what to do about it because he was already in a fight with the guy!

In other words:

When you're already trying your best to knock someone the hell out, what do you do when they tell you "yo fat, ugly momma drinks whiskey from a boot"?

When you're already running as fast as you possibly can, what do you do when a rabid grizzly bear starts chasing you?

When you're already truly living and enjoying life to the fullest, what do you do when your birthday rolls around?

That's how I view birthdays, but thats me and I tend to be a different type of crazy.

On the other hand, I know many people for whom birthdays are bittersweet events at best. I don't know what happens during the other 364 days of their life, but when #365 rolls around they are anything but 'happy' about it.

I can only guess its because for them this supposedly festive annual milestone has instead become an unwelcome harbinger of negative thoughts and emotions. Perhaps it brings about angst over not having reached certain goals yet in life, or maybe thoughts of their own mortality fill their head, squeezing out all the joyful emotions.

Maybe they just don't like the thought of getting older in general.

I don't know about you, but I've never had a problem with getting older -- I figure it's got to be much better than the alternative.

It seems to me that if you're living your best life, maintaining good health and a positive outlook, setting challenging goals for yourself and striving to achieve them, or even just generally following a motto similar to ours, you'll feel good about your life no matter what your chronological age may be.

You'll always feel like you're improving instead of declining with each birthday.

You'll have so much to look forward to, you wont have time to look back wistfully at what once was.

Here's hoping your birthdays bring you joy; even better, here's hoping you have an equal amount of joy during the other days of your life as well.

Feel free to share this post with your friends who have birthdays coming up, maybe it will give them a little smile, a new way of looking at their birthday and some added pep in their step!


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