1. To make (someone or something) more lively or vivid. – Merriam-Webster1
2. *currently busy dancing around the living room singing Happy Birthday to herself* – The Nut
What is it about birthdays?
I don’t even really do anything for mine. The days of trying to gather large volumes of friends and acquaintances together for dinner and/or bowling or dancing or a movie are long gone. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Now my party of choice is a quiet night in; just me, Nutty Hubby, maybe a handful of close friends, and cake.2
And yet every year on April 25th, I wake up feeling like a million bucks. I get out of bed and walk to the bathroom on an imaginary red carpet to splash water on my one-year-older face. I get dressed in clothes that are definitely looking more flattering on me than usual, and go out. Is it my imagination, or is everyone being nicer to me today? Must be some kind of birthday aura. Even strangers can tell it’s a special occasion!
Spoiler alert: the only thing different about the day is me.
If my clothes look more flattering, it’s because I’m looking at my reflection in a more positive frame of mind.
If strangers are being friendlier and more polite than normal, it’s likely because I myself was friendlier and more polite to them first.
All because of one little notch in the passage of time.
“Congrats, 32 years ago you took your first breath, and you’ve managed to keep breathing ever since! Go you! Good job!”
According to How Long Have I Been Alive For? I have been breathing for:
- 32 years
- 377 months
- 1669 weeks
- 11687 days
- 280510 hours
- 16830642 minutes
- 1009838526 seconds
- 60590311560 jiffies
- 8.01 Olympiads
- 0.00000013922508520283 galactic years
Hot damn. I am really good at breathing.
Today’s blog post was brought to you by the letter V, the number 32, and the IDon’tFeelADayOver6Olympiads Challenge, AKA the Blogging A to Z Challenge.
1 “vivify.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, 2015. Web. 25 April 2015.
2 Nutty Hubby and friends optional. Just bring on that sweet, sweet cake.