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Do you need to celebrate birthdays? I mean, I can understand participating in a friend's birthday if they ask you to be there, but do you need to celebrate your own birthday? Is it a bad thing not to celebrate your birthday? What do you do on your birthday?
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My birthday is less than two weeks away, and I have no interest in being more specific than that. My birthday is just another day. This year I will go to school just like I always do on that day of the week.

Birthdays and holidays are overrated. I have no interest in celebrating them. Doing so would be a waste of time, and I have better things to do.

Edit: There are holidays worth celebrating. Veterans Day, Memorial Day, etc are certainly worth celebrating. But the remainder of the meaningless holidays are not worth acknowledging.
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I don't make a big deal out of birthdays. If a friend is doing something for their birthday, I'll try and make it, but I try to make it when it's not their birthday too, so I can't say it's really any different. I'm also content letting my own birthday pass unnoticed. That's not to say I have a problem with people who do celebrate birthdays more enthusiastically (as long as they don't bother people doing so); I just don't make a big deal out of it.
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I agree birthdays are over rated. I generally do what I do every weekend (or day). What I do on a b day involves ungodly amounts of anime and getting drunk at night. It is pretty much a standard night for me except there is a chance someone might buy me a drink (or two if i am lucky)
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I eat cake and get my favorite pizza, or fav Chinese food.
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from ages 17-24, I never cared about birthdays.

but when I turned 25, I felt inspired to hold parties. so I did that... I held a house party. and I think it was successful... since people seem to be enjoying their time....



this year, on my birthday, i'm planning to take my family on a yacht sort of ride and have people cater the food. i'm just very inspired at the moment by the idea of "Making good memories with people you love while you're alive" at the moment.


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Mister, if you have a birthday coming up. Live it up, tell others because they genuinely want to know and make you extra happy that one day of the year
I'm going to ignore the 3 posts after the opening post because they're stereotypical Internet stoicism.

If you love yourself, you should celebrate your birthday because personally for you, it is special because it's the date you first go to experience the world and the first time anyone got to meet you other than mommy.

You're human, embrace that. You wanna have fun, you want people to care about you, you want people to at least notice it's your birthday, you want to eat cake, have more excuses to simply have fun, etc. That's what birthdays are for, they are a sure fire way to get a smile on your face when all your best friends and family gather around and spend time to make you happier.

If you had a little girl. Would you let her attend her friend's birthday parties but let her state at the sky wondering why her birthday is less important than everyone else's? Most likely you'd take her somewhere she likes and get her favorite cake.

This doesn't dissipate when you get older, you still think back to that awesome birthday you had with all your friends and family over...

There's many rights our ancestors declared in their proclamations, the most important right shared by all nations is:

The pursuit of happiness

Birthdays can never be a bad thing, they exist to be enjoyed as they're the day someone great as you was born. A day to be remembered long after you are born.

People let them pass as "just another day" are people who aren't as happy as people who are excited about their birthday, seeing old friends again, socializing with your siblings/cousin's new boyfriend/girlfriend. Meeting your sister in law, seeing your grandparents again. You can't be serious about it not being important... There's a list of things that indicate a person who could be a lot happier. I am super affectionate towards those people until they snap.... Heheheheh ..
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As a child my mother read this "brilliant" idea somewhere that you should let your child invite as many friends as they were years old. So at six I got to invite six, seven I got to invite seven. Now divide this by my mother would first invite the children of her friends, leaving me say, two or three slots. At that time and place the "custom" was to invite your entire class from school. Here I am choosing two or three people. Needless to say by age 9 or so I had no friends to invite. So that was the end of birthday parties and gifts for me. When I was 10 my step-father bought me a horse and my mother decided that was a big enough gift to hold me the rest of my life. (Well, it was pretty fantastic it's true)

I grew up. I married. My first husband remembered to throw a party or two but since he basically partied 24-7 it was just another excuse. So - got out of that.

But meanwhile had read J.R. R. Tolkein and thought that the hobbit idea of a BD party was perfect - giving gifts to all your friends. So from the time I was on my own I did have a party and I gave gifts to my friends. When I worked in bars it was a huge deal and people would tip and buy drinks for "the birthday girl" so I really played it up - but I also had a rule that I had to spend every single penny I made on my friends. It got to be a week long celebration, and I had friends coming from New York and California to stay, eat out every night, drink, and go shopping for gifts - for them. IT WAS A BLAST!!!!

Okay, these days it's a much quieter affair - not least of all because I can't afford as much as I could back then. But I have some really fantastic memories of some pretty amazing days with my friends.

Don't be afraid to love yourself and to celebrate life - and give your friends a chance to spoil you because if they are really your friends, they want to.
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no we will all die horrible deaths if we don't celebrate our birthdays. absolute necessity
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I grew up in a family that believed that birthday's were very important. It is a day to celebrate you and all that you are. It is the say you came into existance. It's in important day for anyone! I have always believe in throwing birthday events for other people, even if it as small as making them dinner. I like to tell people they are special and I'm glad that day exists because it's the day that brought me them!

I also have no problem with throwing my own party. I turn 25 this year and I feel a quarter of a century is something to celebrate! So bring out the balloons! I'll make my own cake! Just be happy to be alive and have made it through another year, despite all the struggles. It shows how strong a person is.
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i dont celebrate my own birthday

1.) my entire family is dead; i am the only one left. so i guess that makes me relateable to sasuske and naruto

2.) i have no friend


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the echoes and depths of loneliness i have felt for a far too long of time

i have ,most unfortunately, grown used to it.................................





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reading some of these responses makes me even depressed

when reading this please listen to this OST/song/whatever you want to call it


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZAHanFR9GE&list=UUScL1vcTlnasufxD799DI7g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZAHanFR9GE&list=UUScL1vcTlnasufxD799DI7g



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i am going to go shoot myself now

mentally of course i dont have what it takes for suicide
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I've had 51 birthdays and they don't mean much . . . but I do like it when someone besides me remembers it.
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I'm always up for free food and gifts, so bring on the holidays!
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I usually go fishing and then do the command performance for my children and grandchildren that are in country.
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I don't tell anyone when my birthday is. It literally is just a regular day. I cringe whenever someone wishes me a happy birthday and try to just smile politely. I have no interest in it. I have no friends or family I wish to see. I don't like parties. I buy the things I want and need on my own.

As much as I dislike my own birthday though it doesn't stop me from genuinely wishing others a happy birthday and wanting to do something for them. I'm just a hypocrite that way.
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