It's funny how people's ideas of great ways to celebrate their birthdays change over time.
When I was in college, my birthday always fell during finals week, or right before finals week. This posed a major problem and usually resulted in me shuffling around a final or two so that I could spend the whole day of my birth at the river, and then party that night without having to worry about getting up in the morning (or next 48 hours) to take a final that I definitely didn't study for because, duh? I was planning my birthday party.
Now that I am out of school, my birthday has become less of a ONE TIME BIG PARTY event and is now something I stretch out into a MONTH LONG FUN FEST since I always have to work on April 30th. And I know I shouldn't, but I feel guilty calling in sick on a Wednesday just to sit at home and enjoy the fact that yes, I have made it to the next consecutive year on the timeline, damn you work ethic. Besides, none of my friends have the day off either and how much fun is hanging out alone on your birthday?
Also, since friends are now scattered all over the place and not within the two square miles of the TLU campus, it is necessary to have more than one birthday party so that I can celebrate with all of those lovely people who would like to celebrate with me ;) Thus, the multi-weekend birthday festivities.
I find it interesting too, the things that become more and more important to me each birthday. No longer do I worry about what I will GET for my birthday, although presents and such are nice (I wear a size 7 shoe, for those wondering), it has become far more important to me to just spend time with the people I love and the friends I don't see often enough. It's great to get calls and texts and facebook and myspace messages from friends all over the US that I won't get to spend the day with this year, or any year, maybe. It really is amazing how much it makes my heart happy to know that, even though I am aware of the birthday reminders on myspace/facebook, my friends took the time to show they were thinking of me.
So this is to you, sweet friends, who have made my birthdays something to look forward to each year. I love you all, and miss those of you I don't see often or EVER. Thanks for thinking of me and stopping by to say hi, birthday reminders or not. You guys really made my day.