Rebecca Haines: Birthdays a reminder of life

Rebecca Haines

Everyone has one but not everyone wants one.

Every year, every person has a special day; and of course I’m talking about birthdays. The early ones may be fun for the majority, but it seems the later ones become less anticipated. Why is that?

“Because it means you’re old,” some may say. But I ask, “Why would you be ashamed or depressed about experience, wisdom and many awesome memories?”

Birthdays are reminders of life and should be treated as such. These special days should be spent with family, friends, lots of picture-taking and unique adventures. Whether you’re turning 9 or 90, your day should be dedicated to something you’ve always wanted to do.

My cousin, Crystal, recently turned 25. And I hope when I turn 25, I’ll embrace it like she did. Her birthday of turning a quarter of a century was spent skydiving.

For some, turning 25 means hanging out, going to a movie or concert … well, for Crystal, she was inspired to jump from a perfectly good airplane. This might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but to me, I think it’s brilliant.

It’s not only a complete adrenaline rush, it’s something not everyone has the guts to handle. It involves extreme heights, which is a common fear for the human race. In accomplishing skydiving, the fear is conquered and overpowered by the individual. It’s my belief that Crystal became a stronger person by skydiving, and someday I hope to overcome this symbol of fear.

As everyone celebrates their next birthday, I hope they can think of something they’ve always wanted to do, and have the recourses to do it. I hope they find aspects of their lives they want to hang on to, or change and improve. But most of all, I hope they find the encouragement to have many, many more birthdays.

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