The Importance of Birthdays

Here is the Birthday Boy!!One Year Old
My dog Yoda doesn’t set much importance in celebrating his birthdays, just as long as he is fed,comfortable and warm he is happy. That tells me dogs are a lot smarter than we give them credit for. People? well we are a different breed of animal and for most of us birthdays are important. At least when we are young. It has certainly been my personal experience in life. I recall the excitement of reaching my twelfth birthday so I could then wear long trousers to school. Could hardly wait to be sixteen and take my driving test,( I passed). After joining the Royal Navy I couldn’t wait to be twenty and receive my first tot, or reaching twenty two and sewing my first good conduct badge on my uniform. I couldn’t hardly wait to be old enough you go into a pub, or light up a cigarette. The wonderful milestones of waiting for the birth of my first child, or indeed my second child. Of giving my eldest daughter away in marriage. So many birthdays so many important events or at least they seemed important at the time. But oh dear! how we have wished away our lives impatiently waiting for the next big occasion to arrive. Frankly, I know longer get excited or look forward to my future birthdays, I suppose the major reason is the question of how many there might still be to come? I certainly don’t get excited or even want to know the answer to that question. So to all my young friends, this is my advice to you, each morning when you wake up, that is an important event. Each day when you go to work or play, sleep in or moan about having to pay the rent that too is a good day. When you see an old person driving a fancy car and feel jealous ask him if he would swap his life for yours. Life itself is the all important event so enjoy it, don’t sweat the small stuff everything will work out in the end. Don’t be like the many of us who lost sleep worrying about things that never happened. It has taken me the best part of my 74 years to learn these things. I hope you will be smarter and take my advice, better to learn from the mistakes of old fools like me. rather than repeating them. Don’t look forward to your next birthday, I guarantee it will come regardless, instead look forward to the rest of the day.

God Bless and keep reading

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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7 Responses to The Importance of Birthdays

  1. baconburner says:

    How apropos my Irish friend. I have a birthday in a day or so. Then my next one (should I last that long) I will be in my 7th decade.Life certainly has given us many things to look forward to. I too share some of your memories ie age. The day that I reached 12 meant I would go to Scouts instead of Cubs. 16 to sign up 17 to get my first pay increase. etc etc births of children . Those things now seem to pale a wee bit.
    We have no idea how many birthdays we will be enjoying. So each one must be welcomed and shared with friends and family.
    I would recommend to your Blogophile readers, that they do things now rather than wait. I am off to meet up with a boyhood friend from grades 9 then we went separate ways. We are meeting up in Glasgow and then off to Egypt Israel and Jordan. Not to relive our youth but to reflect on our lives.
    Take care Happy Birthday and may you enjoy a tot on your cetenniary birthday.

  2. Tony Miles says:

    Oh! So true Ben, Happy Birthday for yesterday, and I am sure, many more to come. Keep on Blogging. Tony.

  3. Terry Stuart says:

    Enjoyin reading it a really interesting past

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