After an extremely long hiatus, I am back to writing my blog. So long that I almost forgot it even existed. Well, apart from being ‘busy'(a reason I always find lame), it was primarily because I didn’t find a good enough idea, or didn’t come across an issue I felt strongly enough to resist playing a multiplayer game with my roomie and sit down to write*. But then 2 days ago, voila! it struck, an idea I’ll call “The Happy Birthday Experiment”.
Like many great thoughts, this one occurred to me while I was in the washroom. No, not while I was doing “the” job, I was merely brushing my teeth😛. I was pondering over the tradition of celebrating birthdays when it occurred to me how silly all of it was. Just because we took birth a certain time ago, and this day happened to fall on a multiple of 365 days from then, we find a reason to be happy throughout that day, celebrate it to no end and get pampered by everyone around us. It just doesn’t make sense. What are we celebrating? Getting old? Or nearing death? Or the reminder that our best years are slowly passing by?
And like it usually happens when you are conversing with yourself, I answered my own question. (Umm, its also the only thing that can happen, but that’s besides the point.) We celebrate living, the fact that we are alive and kicking. Maybe the tradition started off when average life expectancy was low and the passing of every subsequent 365 days was something worth celebrating. But then again, what age of life expectancy can you define as low? Alexander the Great died at the age of 32, yet is well known as the great conqueror centuries after his death. A famous dialogue in an old Hindi movie goes, “Babu moshai, zindagi badi honi chahiye, lambi nahi ” (Life shouldn’t be long, it should be big).
Okay, so back to the birthday. I don’t believe it’s just a manner of celebrating the fact that we’ve made it thus far, lived X amount of years and still counting. I feel it’s a head fake, an indirect method of achieving something else. (For those who’ve heard Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture, you know what I’m talking about. For those who haven’t, do see it. It’s worth the time) Birthdays are about celebrating at least one day in an year to the fullest. It’s about being joyful and positive to everyone and everything around us. Remember how we don’t let anything disappoint us on our birthday? What if we live like that everyday? Isn’t a normal day worth living to the fullest? Why should we celebrate being alive only once a year? And that’s when I made a promise to myself – that every morning, when I reluctantly wake up and drag myself to the washroom, and face myself in the mirror, with drowsy eyes and a toothbrush, I’ll tell myself that it’s my birthday (just that nobody remembers it but since I am a kind soul, I’ll forgive them).
Hoping for the successful implementation of the Happy Birthday Experiment, logging off till the next washroom idea.😉
* – The multiplayer game is Age of Empires which usually lasts for 4 hours on one sitting. Yeah, I am a very busy person.😛