13 Reasons to Not Celebrate Your Birthday

Real Estate Agent with Hunt Real Estate

I've been told that I am oddity when it comes to birthdays.  I hate celebrating my birthday.  I always have.  I don't mind celebrating someone else's birthday, just mine.  I also hate telling anyone how old I am, and will avoid a direct answer at all costs.


However, I am trying to come to terms with turning a year older... (eeks! I've even admitted to three different people what my real age is!) and I have to wonder if some of my friends and family are planning something as a surprise.  Good God I hope not.  My birthday is still a few weeks away, and the birthday panic has started to really set in.  I don't want anyone to do anything for my birthday!


I can give a list of less than stellar occurrences that have happened on my birthday that generally make everyone understand why I don't like celebrating my birthday (like, burying my father).  But the real reason is that I just don't like to.  People always expect for me to explain why, and I don't like giving depressing answers, so I've decided to try a different approach.  It's called sarcasm.  Why 13 reasons?  Because it's considered an unlucky number, and my birthday has never been lucky day for me.


I don't like celebrating my birthday because:


1) It means I have to say "thank you" over and over again all day long.

2) I would have to smile.  I hate smiling.  That's why I never do it.

3) Someone would give me a gift, and I would have to write a thank you card.  And mail it.

4) If I went out to dinner the waiters and waitresses would sing an embarrassing birthday song.

5) If I went out to dinner they might give me my meal for free.

6) My kids would want pie, and I would have to be the one to make it.

7) It would give me a reason to eat a whole pan of brownies.

8) People would call me and blow my cell phone minutes.

9) I would be expected to take the day off.

10) My husband might give me flowers, which he only does when things are really, really bad.

11) I would have to come up with new ways how to answer, "So how old are you?"

12) My kids would give me gifts and I would have to take them shopping and pay for them.

13) Someone would tell me I look young for my age


To the two people on AR that I volunteered my age to (what was I thinking?!), if you even remember, I'll pay good money for your silence.  In the meantime, a very merry un-birthday to everyone else!


Comments (24)

Liz Gimelson
Realty Mark Associates - Chalfont, PA
Bucks County Realtor-PA & NJ Notary
Birthday parties are a celebration of your life....and they are annoying....but it could be worse.. Just pick an age and stick with it. Mine only goes up a year every leap year...I've been 34 for the last 2 years.....and if someone were to ask me my real age...I'm not sure I even know...so the answer is 34 until the next leap year.
Oct 01, 2008 05:56 AM
Randall Schrader
Competitive Insurance of Dundee - Dundee, FL

HAPPY B-Day!!!!!  I disagree.  The Pagans had holidays ALL THE TIME and they were happier for it.  We should switch it up and celebrate or just do something different every now and the.

Oct 01, 2008 05:59 AM
Sharon Wager
Hunt Real Estate - Camillus, NY
"Your Blue Jean Agent"

Pat, I think that's so funny because I truly don't understand why people like to!


Angelia, I'll still be old enough to vote ;-) Can you tell your mother that you'll have a small celebration with just your husband when he returns?


Sharon, what a great name! You should join the AR My Name is Cheryl group, because you're almost a Cheryl (like me!) or we could start a Sharon group!


Lori, I actually love life far more than most people and take a great deal of pleasure in every day.  Just don't think my birthday should involve any hoopla.


Liz - can I borrow the leap year birthday idea?


Randall - I'm all for celebrating holidays all the time!  Personally I think we should have more labor days in the year.

Oct 01, 2008 05:59 AM
Beth Forbes
The mortgage help you want when you need it. - Center Valley, PA
Your 24/7 loan officer

I celebrate the anniversary of my 29th birthday. Personally, I feel stupid if people make a big fuss about my birthday. I love your list. It gave me a chuckle!

Oct 01, 2008 06:01 AM
Rebecca Schrader
Competitive Insurance of Dundee - Dundee, FL


Well, it takes all kinds of people to make this wonderful world go round...And you are entitled to not celebrate your birthday...however, your family must really get a lot out of it by "celebrating" it, so for THEIR sake...do it...

Or! NEXT BIRTHDAY...GET OUT OF TOWN...go on a vacation...NOT CELEBRATING your birthday...just an ESCAPE...


Oct 01, 2008 06:06 AM
Sharon Wager
Hunt Real Estate - Camillus, NY
"Your Blue Jean Agent"

Beth - Someone who understands me!!!  Should I go back and enlarge the word SARCASM?  I'm glad you got a chuckle out it anyways :-)

Oct 01, 2008 06:09 AM
Sharon Wager
Hunt Real Estate - Camillus, NY
"Your Blue Jean Agent"

Rebecca, you didn't!  you didn't just sing happy birthday!  darn it all... thank you.  You gave me a good laugh!  And I am taking your advice - next year it's out of town for me!

Oct 01, 2008 06:11 AM
Cristal Drake
Prudential California Realty - Fullerton, CA
Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate
OMG! Love your blog! I am so glad you commented on mine or I might have never found you. Love that you are a blue-jean agent! I would wear jeans and flip flops everywhere if I could. Birthdays are tough. Mine is actually next Tuesday. I hate inconveiencing people or asking them to spend money when times are tough! My friend kept insisiting we do something so we lanned happy hour at a cool downtown place. I just want my friends to stop by for one drink (or more) and we picked a place that is fun with great half price specials and made it easy so they can just swing by on their way home. Ok so when is your birthday anyway? Must be coming up if you wre puting a post out there about it!
Oct 01, 2008 06:43 AM
Elizabeth Cooper-Golden
Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group) - Huntsville, AL
Huntsville AL MLS
Sharon, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! Sorry girl, just had to do it:) Mine was the 20th, and Nancy's was last week...duh, you knew that! I loved your post and the humor in it. I agree, but do like to celebrate mine. My daughter usually gives me an attitude break one day a year, on my b.d. It's well worth it just for that, right? Hang in there woman. We aren't getting older, we are getting BETTER:) :) BTW..I know I am much older than you. 49, shouting it loud and proud...50, facelift, lol.
Oct 01, 2008 12:48 PM
Sherry Scales
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Leander, TX
Realtor, for Austin, TX and surrounding areas

Well, I just tell everyone I am 84 years old. I love hearing that I don't look it. I have been doing that since I was in my late 30's. Now my brother sends out memo's 3 weeks prior to his birthday so we will have shopping time and I forgot is no excuse. Gifts under $10 will not be accepted is the line I like best. Not that he needs anything...($$$$ if you know what I mean...) We usually celebrate his birthday on July 4th, since it is the holiday. (His isn't until the 6th) But he thinks big meals and fireworks should be for his birthday. Mr. Ego! I have finally gotten to the point that my daughter and husband are the only two that remember. I am like you, I would just as soon let it go!

Oct 01, 2008 05:20 PM
Nancy Larson
I am a licensed referral agent in NJ - Hutchinson Island, FL

I tell everyone i am 93 and that ANEW by Avon is a miracle cream, I dont look a day over 60.

Love birthdays....and expect to be lavished by my family and this year was a milstone....so i celebrated in style....

Oct 01, 2008 06:25 PM
NJ (Nori) Bosley
*TBD* - Madison-on-the-Lake, OH


I'm with you, I am happy. I love life. I hate birthdays, I don't mind getting older honestly. I just hate all the attention on myself, to me it's just another day and would rather not be the center of what I feel is an uncomfortable situation for me.  Gives me anxiety!!!

Oct 01, 2008 06:38 PM
Randall Schrader
Competitive Insurance of Dundee - Dundee, FL

Go Becky!  Sing it girl.  The out of town thing works for me too.

Oct 02, 2008 02:03 AM
Sharon Wager
Hunt Real Estate - Camillus, NY
"Your Blue Jean Agent"

Cristal, thank you!  I've seen you kicking around Hump Day :-)  I've got a couple of weeks before my birthday.  I agree with NJ about the anxiety.  I discovered yesterday that one of the office admin's added my birthday to the office calendar, so now I want to avoid the office that day!


Elizabeth, I just knew to expect it from you!  Psychic powers??? Probably not.  I only get attitude from my youngest, and since he's still just 8, he doesn't really understand what it means to not do it for a day.  And no, GF, you aren't much older than me!


Sherry and Nancy, I love you two!  In addition to seeing my passport last week, my oldest is now in possession of his birth certificate - which gives MY birthday!  He is now blackmailing me for his silence.


Randall, you're egging her on!!!  Forget leaving town next year - I think I should leave now!

Oct 02, 2008 02:37 AM
Lori Isaacson


Not only did my office Admin. add my BD to the calendar, they put how old I will be. 50 and PROUD!!!!

Enjoy life the alternative is terrible......



Oct 02, 2008 03:03 AM
you sound sooooo emo! Man, i try to look up what to do on my 13th birthday, and what do I see? some Emo crap that iz stupid! Enjoy life on this earth , because you wont be here forever. Just remember that!
Oct 18, 2008 02:10 AM

yeah i hate birthdays too! i dont blame you... i just pretend im sick on my birthdays =]

Mar 24, 2009 03:15 AM

I like your topic because, like you, I don't like the idea of celebrating my birthday. But my reasons are others. I don't like celebrating my birthday because it's a pagan custom and the age that everyone counts year by year I think it's childish. The age of a person it's related to Earth's rotation around the sun. Instead os saying that you have x years, you might as well say that since the day you were born and 'till the present one the Earth revolved x times around the Sun. If the calendar haven't been invented no one could celebrate their birthday. Furthermore, the day when someone is born is not the same with the same date in the year following. With this in mind, year after year you would see that it's like following a pattern. I, myself don't like to follow patterns, I like to be original. Besides that I don't think there needs to come a day (like someones birthday) to feel special; we are all special and everyday is a special day.

But what I condemn the most is the fact that people celebrate just a date in the calendar. They don't celebrate the person which was born on that day. They don't congratulate you for how smart you are, for your character, for your carisma, for your accomplishments as a being, etc.

In the end I want to thank you for your topic and I want you to reveive my best wishes.

P.S."If someone asks you when is your birthday you could tell them is on February of 30th. But you have to smile or laugh when you say that! :)"

Aug 01, 2010 04:17 AM

I know exactly how you feel. I wish i was born on 2/29.


Jul 09, 2011 03:04 PM

other good reasons to NOT celebrate your birthday...it's psychological suicide counting down to old age & death..."foget about it ".....true Christians 'put no other gods before Him'....It's too self-centered...want JOY in your life? put Jehovah 1st Others 2nd Yourself last! it works! 


Angel, angela, angelia means messenger...you've just received one

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