Tomorrow is my Birthday. I will 55 years old. To celebrate my Birthday we are going out to get a Chili Dog for lunch today. This is all I want for my birthday.
About a year ago we respectfully requested from our family members to not send cards for birthdays and holidays any longer as we had made the decision not to send any. Despite our request there are still those who feel the obligation of doing so.
Somewhere in history our culture developed this tradition of sending and receiving greeting cards on special days. It was probably back in the dark days before the invention of electronic communications. I am not sure. What I do know is that I find more pleasure in reading emails and social media posts from loved ones who actually write their own words to wish me a Happy Birthday.
Money is especially tight these days and based on the cost of a card and the stamps to fuel them to their destination, we are all dropping close to $7.00 per person. I don’t want people to waste their money on this as the truth is that I will just end up reading it and throwing it in the trash. On the other hand I have better things to put my money towards like paying off debt, putting gas in my car or purchasing food rather than rummaging through a selection of endless cards at my local Hallmark store and laying down the dollars.
I always felt that it was more personal to reach out to someone over their Birthday or on a Holiday with the old fashion landline. With the advances of text messaging I can even leave a verbal message for them to listen too. Hell, if I choose to I can send a video message of me drinking beer and singing happy birthday.
It ain’t easy being minimalist sometimes and I may sound like I’m some cold asshole who is too damn cheap to break out a few bucks for a card, but this is just not true. My feelings about honoring one’s Birthday haven’t changed at all. What has changed is the mechanism is which I deliver my Birthday wishes. It can be so much more creative and fun than sending a freakin’ card. And it is just so much more personal.
Some fun idea’s would be to gather folks in the coffee shop to sing Happy Birthday to Jimmy while a friend is recording it on your cellphone. Sing and record Happy Birthday in a special place like at the beach or in the mountains. And for those special friends you could do something sexy (I will leave this subject alone. LOL). How about making a hand puppet to sing it, or just drawing a picture to capture and send. The bottom line is that the one celebrating their birthday would get so much more out of something like these idea’s rather than getting a stupid card in the mail.
So keep your money in your wallet and do something a little different for special occasions. It can be fun for the whole family.
Before I had the chance to finish this post this morning I received a FaceTime from my son and Granddaughter wishing me a Happy Birthday. Absolutely the best gift one can receive. Great Job Frankie and Imma!
Blood Sugar- 110, Weight- 189.2
Today is a day or rest which is incorporated in my workout schedule. Yesterday was a funny day for me as I was experiencing vertigo until around 5:00 PM. I have never experienced this before and have no idea what brought it on. I believe that it has something to do with my left ear, but anyway I wasn’t very mobile because of it, and as always eating without movement leads to higher blood sugar numbers. I am feeling better today and will get up and get out and enjoy the day.