My birthday is this month, which means I’m celebrating it all month long. The rules are simple: anything I attend, do, or start is in honor of my birthday regardless of anyone knowing. I know, and that’s the important thing.
While I, of course, would love to see some of my long-distance friends or to receive new books, shoes, a set of new Faber-Castell pens, or possibly a bouquet of unicorns, I’m doing and requesting something else for my birthday. I’m giving my birthday to charity: water and asking people to celebrate it by providing water for people who need it but can’t obtain it. I became interested in giving up my birthday when I learned Michael Schechter was doing so; I was so fascinated by the idea and impressed with charity: water’s entire process that I decided to donate mine, too.
The decision partially was inspired by those things. The other inspiration is that I do have enough and other people don’t. Why not sacrifice something or let my birthday become something more than the marking of another year? Then, too, my age carries a bit more weight this year. I’ll be the exact same age my mom was when she had me. The reality of that makes me pause a little longer and consider what I’m doing with my life and what I want it to stand for as I move forward.
With all that said, I hope you’ll join in the birthday celebration.