Posts Tagged ‘birthday’

Boring, old fashioned

Kept my head down and had a low key birthday this year, had a few of the guys over and watched the game. I'm not big on organizing a big bash in my honour these days. It's one of those things where I just feel awkward when I get the attention of the entire room. What do you do with it?

Posted: February 9th, 2015
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It’s been a long time since 22

It was a low key 27th for me. Used my birthday pass this year to go out for a run after work, then locked myself up in a room playing the guitar for God knows how long. I've been swamped with school work every day since January, and I told myself that I'd spend today doing anything but. It was nice to – at least for a night – do things that I've enjoyed doing since I was 15. My mind was blank this evening. I missed that.

Thank you all for the birthday wishes. I don't like making a big deal out of my birthday when it comes, but I do make it a priority to express my thanks for those who recognize it.

Posted: February 5th, 2014
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25 was a good time, but I’m older now

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the birthday texts, posts, tweets and miscellaneous messages I received throughout the day. I’m grateful for several things:

Despite the fact that I’m going to be considered a late 20s guy from here on out, I can at least lay claim to the fact that I’m still in my 20s. Therefore, I still have time to live recklessly as possible and use the ‘I’m in my 20s’ line as an excuse when the stiffs come try to remind me that I should act my age.

Even though I no longer look forward to getting older anymore, I still look forward to my birthday. It’s a reminder to myself that no matter how shitty things get, there will always be people out there that will have my back, or as John Mayer would sing, friends that will ‘defend the silver lining’ for me. In the deep that I sometimes find myself in life, I cannot emphasize how important that is to me.

I’m also appreciative of a family that for 26 years and counting, have always put up with my shitty act over the years. Over dinner tonight, my Mom jokingly brought up how frustrating it was to raise me and bring me to family gatherings because I was such an asshole of a kid. I don’t think my parents think much of it now, but for me it’s one of those things where you begin to really appreciate and try to logically figure out why your parents are still there for you.

Tonight, I felt validated. I’m happy that there are people out there who place my well being as part of their own self interest, that after all the numerous jerk moves I’ve committed over the years, they still choose to invest – poorly – in me as a human being.

Today was that boost I so desperately needed to move on with my life. Hello 26, be kind to me.

Posted: February 5th, 2013
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No lullaby for me

Still up at 4 in the morning, so I’ll spend some time here.

  • Thanks to all who wished me well on my birthday this weekend. If there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout the years, it’s to treasure and never take for granted the friends you have. I feel blessed knowing that there are those who are willing to stand behind me, and on Sunday that belief was validated.
  • If some of you have been wondering, the event that myself and countless other interns through the year, through all the setbacks and postponements, has been officially cancelled. My former CEO made the announcement on her Facebook and also declared her foundation dead. Despite being one of the worst bosses I’ve ever worked for, I hold no grudges against her. I guess I’m a little sad that it’s over for her, which is a strange feeling considering her treatment of the interns during our time there. There’s just something about seeing everything fall around someone that is deserving of my sympathy. I wouldn’t be surprised if she just fell off the map completely with the fallout that ensued shortly after the announcement.
  • I really couldn’t imagine myself being in this position at this point in my life. I was lucky with the internship earlier, but trying to find something that actually pays is a bit more challenging than I thought it would. I’m already considering more schooling in the fall, which is something I really don’t want to do, but when you’re faced with a job market that’s way too small to accommodate the amount of people in this city in similar situations, it’s a challenge to even be noticed. The only silver lining is that I’m still relatively young, so set backs like these aren’t going to kill me. But in the mean time, the only thing I can do is hope someone takes a chance on me.
  • The one thing I can never understand is when someone says they miss unemployment. Really? Someone actually said that to me, and it still baffles me weeks later.
  • Blink 182 told me to stay young. Jimmy Eat World taught me that ‘even at 25 we gotta start sometime.’ Jack Johnson and Coldplay taught me about love. The Gaslight Anthem showed me that it’s OK to suffer, while The Bouncing Souls showed me that there will be better days.
  • A month into the new dragon boating season and one thing’s for sure, I feel like a first year paddler all over again. But I made the decision to join a more competitive team, went into it knowing that I would get rocked by a tougher coach and being alongside better and stronger paddlers. All of a sudden, I find myself being the mouse on the team. But that’s OK, because I feel like I’m being challenged for the first time in years.
  • Endure.
Posted: February 8th, 2012
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Things of note:

Even though 24 doesn’t look as nice as 18, I feel a lot more happier getting older these days than I thought I would when I was younger. While I was celebrating that number over the weekend, I did two things: take stock of the ridiculous amount of friends I have that came out and enjoyed myself to the point where I literally passed out. I do believe that is a first on my birthday. So thank you to everyone who not only came out on Saturday but also to those who wished me a happy birthday. I can say that I did.

Speaking of being happy, I’m feeling a lot happier these days. I remember at this point last year feeling extremely distracted, pulling late nighters thinking about stupid crap and hoping tomorrow will be better. Now things have changed. Those close to me will know. I think I’m finally over the hump.

And totally random thought: I want to host my own dinner party at some time in the year. I don’t know how I’m going to pull it off, but I’ll find a way.

Posted: February 8th, 2011
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There’s something absolutely touching about being around people you’re comfortable around, to know that there are people out there that care and think about you. That’s what we all want, isn’t it?

These past three days I’ve been bombarded with texts, Facebook wall posts and surprises at every turn. Just today a friend brought in a cake and an entire room wished me a happy birthday. Honestly, does that happen to many people? I remember joking on twitter that Friday would mark the beginning of ‘the world wide celebration.’ While a celebration of that scope did not exist this weekend, it certainly felt like I was a king for those days I experienced the love and care of all the friends and acquaintances I’ve come to know these past few months, years and for some since we were mere kids hanging out on the playground during recess. I wish I could live in this moment forever, but unfortunately that’s not how life goes. But I have the pictures to relive and remind me of how absolutely blessed I am right now.

So to all those that took the time to wish me well this weekend, I thank you. You have no idea how much it means to me right now. I truly feel alive right now.

Posted: February 7th, 2010
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Let the worldwide celebration begin

It’s my birthday today – or was, as I am currently typing this almost 3 hours past midnight, and goodness knows when this will be posted today – and looking at all the MSN and text messages and Facebook wall posts, I was happy. When you see your entire Facebook wall spammed with well wishes for yourself it reaffirms your life in a way. That you’re not some loser wasting space on this planet, that in some way you matter, whether it be a small or big deal to that person, you were still worth something to that many people. So thanks to all of you for that, I really mean it. It sounds like a loser talking but look, there are some things we wonder in life if our existence has a purpose, if it mattered in some way. I guess today I found that out.

I haven’t really dwelled on the number that much, probably because I still think I’m 21. I feel 21 yet legally I’m 22. People like to contrast their current age with a milestone number like 20, 25 or 30 and start worrying about how fast their lives have gone. But unlike previous years I’m not really fretting about actually moving up the ladder this time. When I would reflect on that, I’d get anxious and life would seem as if it were moving too fast, that I was wasting my opportunities. Whenever I would look back at 19 or 20, I could never remember anything memorable about it. Sometimes I felt that when I was 21, but when I look back I actually remember the things I did at that age. Even though I wasted half of it on playing World of Warcraft – I will never play that game again – it was still a memorable period of my life. There were some negatives, but looking at the positives it wasn’t too shabby. It’s weird saying that because it’s the opposite of what I said a month ago.

I don’t know if I’ll feel like this when I hit 23 – wow! – but alls I know is that when I think about it, 22 just doesn’t seem that old to me anymore. I’m still hippin’ and hoppin’.

Besides, my 25+ year old friends will laugh out of their minds when they hear a early 20s something kid complain about his age.


I bought this poster today:


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I’ve always balked at buying posters because I never know where to put them, whether they’d fit with the room I want to put it in and all these other micro details. But for some reason I felt compelled to get this. Maybe it just reminds me that we’re all vulnerable, that the feeling is universal. We’re all weak, and that’s what makes us human. And I prefer to be a man than an ant.