Posted by: crudbasher | November 12, 2010

A Different Kind of Birthday

Birthday Cake with Candles

(cc) D Sharon Pruitt

Today’s post is off topic but important to me.

Yesterday, November 11th was my birthday.  I turned 38, which I found isn’t any different from turning 37. Ho hum. 🙂 I did however have a fabulous birthday that was different than all the others I had before. In a lot of ways it was better. Here’s why.

In this current economy money is tight for everyone (except the government but that’s another story).  I therefore didn’t ask for anything for my birthday.  I had read an article a few months ago that talked about how experiences are better in the long run than stuff.  I mean, I have enough stuff. I don’t need anything more really.

Therefore, I got some birthday cards. I got some phone calls from my family wishing me a happy birthday.  When I got to work I got a card, a balloon and some cupcakes. (Yum!) I also got a whole bunch of great wishes on Facebook from my friends. My lovely wife cooked me a wonderful dinner and I spent the evening with her and my cats. (the cats didn’t get me anything btw)  I ended the night Skyping with my Brother-in-law and seeing my brand new niece!

Besides some gift cards, (mom’s have a hard time not getting you stuff) I didn’t end up with anything at the end of the day.   What I did have though was memories and kind wishes that will last a long time. It was fabulous!

To everyone who reads this blog, keep the people you care about close to you and remember, in the end it’s not what you have that matters, it’s who you have.




  1. Happy Birthday Andrew. My birthday is in a few weeks, and I’m in the same boat. 27-28. I look forward to spending mine eating good food and with family. 10 years ago this wouldn’t have been ideal, but at a time in my life where everything is fast-paced and time keeps slipping away, I always look forward to the relaxing times doing things I love to do and spending it with people I care about.

    • Yeah I realized that at the end of my life I won’t be remembering all the stuff I had, I’ll be remembering all my friends and family.

  2. Great reminder and I am glad it was such a happy birthday. It sounds like you have found the key to true happiness and contentment. Keep spreading that word!

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