So my birthday always falls on May long weekend which is a great time for a birthday. This year was my nineteenth making me of age to drink, So the normal thing to do when you turn nineteen is to go out to the bars. May long weekend is one of the most popular time of the year to go camping so the bars were dead. I didn’t end up going to the bar for my birthday, but a few days after my curiosity got to me so a few of my friends took me out. When I first arrived everything was pretty much how I had imagined it would be, loud, a lot of people, and I knew it was going to have a distinct smell. Amongst all that, there were many pretty ladies, and you know how I feel about pretty girls. But that night was a little different, had a few drinks in me and was definitely prepared to mingle a little bit. The thing is at the bar there’s no talking, no only yelling in each other’s ears. I got over that pretty quick. The second half of the night was spent at a strip club/bar, and my goodness was I ever confused. When I walked in there I was having trouble identifying my emotions. I spent maybe an hour there and just couldn’t understand what I was seeing or where I was. So all in all the bar experience was good just strange. I don’t plan on spending too much money or time there, but it’s definitely a place where wild thing can and do happen.
So some of you may know this already but just this past weekend I turned nineteen, and now I’m sitting here in front of my laptop and not much has changed except for the fact that I’ve now experienced what spending too much money on one drink is like. This entire weekend I was really trying to summarize my thoughts around birthdays and what they are, and what they mean to me. After all the time I spent thinking and pondering on the subject I’ve realized a few things. Even though as we get older we may not get as excited for our birthdays like we did as children, but when our birthdays roll around all we want is to feel special by getting a little bit more attention than usual. Which makes sense though because society has built an entire industry around birthdays and other similar types of events. We all think that there are things that we have to do or that we’re supposed to do when it’s our birthdays. Which isn’t true, birthdays are just a day where you get to look back on yourself and see how far you’ve progressed. Essentially see what you have done in a years time. As humans, we’re fortunate to be able to live as many years as we do and this should be taken advantage of. Give yourself a reason to celebrate on your birthday every year because if you don’t then it’s just another day. Potentially a sad one at that.