When you don’t display your birthday on Facebook, it helps sift away all the chaff from your extensive friends’ list and determines which people in your life actually hold you valuable. Because they don’t need to depend on a reminder from FB to know that you’ve lived another year of life, and surely, that’s something special. Your wall –or timeline as it is called now – doesn’t get spammed by hundreds of highly impersonal wishes that are kind of exhausting to scroll through and worse, reply to in a nauseating similar impersonal – often superficial – manner.
That's why, tt was refreshing to have a Facebook-free birthday this year, with only 3 people wishing me there, and I think it is very symbolic of how I have changed over this past year. I’ve tried to cut out all the nonsense and unnecessary fluff from my life. I’ve grown up, moved on, become more perceptive, insightful, and learned to handle things more maturely. Or so I hope. :P
I have also become more private, especially with what I share online. I deleted my entire blog and started it afresh, not posting anything too personal anymore, As much as the internet fascinates me and makes life easy, it is kind of frightening too.
This year, I had a birthday unlike any I could have imagined. The run-up to it was kind of depressing, what with exams looming large (as they always do in November!) and me feeling like everybody is too busy to want to celebrate my day, but then it peaked into happiness so fast that it made me giddy. And what’s more is that as the day progressed and came to an end, it kind of spiraled into some form of unmatched awesomeness that I can’t even fully explain here because I am too overwhelmed. :)
It is birthdays that remind us how loved and fortunate we are, and as much as getting older feels a little bad, it is a good way of being motivated to reach for everything that we want in life with renewed faith and optimism.
This year my birthday excluded a couple of old friends whom I had expected would remember but didn’t. At the same time, however, it included, as compensation perhaps, plenty more new friends and potential friends who turned my day into one that I will never forget. For all the right reasons.
And for that, I am thankful and crazy happy and as I said earlier, so overwhelmed that I can’t really write anymore.
So yeah, I am officially a year older now. :)