Have you ever thought about how weird birthdays are?

Don’t get me wrong – age is a useful concept, it’s just measured arbitrarily. We measure it in fractional orbits around the sun, but we could just as meaningfully choose:

We don’t tend to count the days, except when we’re looking forward to something – a wedding, the weekend, a deadline. But maybe we should? Birthdays are arbitrary, there is not enough joy in the world, and we all need more reasons to celebrate.

Go ahead and make a minor celebration for a friend who doesn’t like to celebrate themselves. Bring them a donut or send them a text and tell them that you’re glad that they were born 13,000 days ago. There’s something wonderful about completely unexpected, low-pressure celebrations.

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