Birthdays: How do they make you feel?

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Today is my birthday. Should I be stressed because I'm getting (and looking) older? Or should I be grateful for the opportunity to have another year of life?

I know the politically correct answer is - be grateful. But truthfully, it's more of a mixed bag for me. I admit that I like it when people tell me that I don't look my age (even when I know they are probably lying). But at the same time, I really am thankful for every day of my life. And overall, I'm more grateful for turning 23 33 43 than stressed about getting older.

This summer I was honored to be asked to become part of The American Cancer Society's Blogger Council. The American Cancer Society is trying to change the way women think about their birthdays through the More Birthdays Campaign...

To most people, birthdays are just a reminder that they're getting older. But at the American Cancer Society, "Happy Birthday" is a victory song, because a world with less cancer is a world with more birthdays. And that's definitely something to celebrate.

More than 11 million Americans who have survived cancer—and countless others who have avoided it—will celebrate a birthday this year, thanks to the progress we're making together to help people stay well and get well, to find cures, and fight back.

So I've declared The American Cancer Society the official sponsor of my birthday. Here is the link to my American Cancer Society Birthday Page...

Let me know what you think, and feel free to also leave a small donation to The American Cancer Society.

Women blogging about birthdays...

From 50-something Moms Blog - Celebrating More Birthdays...

To parents, birthdays are momentous occasions. We often find ourselves caught up in the craziness of planning birthday celebrations -- rounding up clowns and jumpy things, tracking down the perfect birthday cakes and presents, trying to decide how to celebrate our 29th birthday for the tenth time. But at the heart of it, birthdays represent very special milestones, important and often poignant markers of time in our families' and friends lives.

From Darryle Pollack - Birthday Season...

Not every woman welcomes growing older with open arms. Or an open mind. I wasn’t big on birthdays either. Until I had cancer.

As a cancer survivor, I embrace every year. Every month. Every day I have. And I urge everyone else to do the same.

Yet this approaching birthday was a little harder to embrace….harder to wrap my arms—or my brain– around the number: 60.

I don’t feel it and I sure hope I don’t look it. I certainly wasn’t planning to blog about it. And I wasn’t planning to celebrate in a BIG way.

But it turns out I am.

From Cranky Fitness - Birthdays: Love 'Em or Hate Em?

But even though I used to think birthday whiners were being silly, I too began to have mixed feelings about the whole thing. I think it has something to do with reaching those "how they hell did I get this old" years.

And it's really unfair; you try to adjust to a new preposterous, clearly-there's-some-mistake number, and then ... wham! About three weeks later, the number's bigger again.

However, despite the whining, there are a number of reasons I still love my birthday!

From The Magnolia Diaries, Volume II - The Feisty Side of Fifty...

Yep, I’m starting an entirely new and strangely scary process. I’m going to be a blogger! As with many baby boomers over fifty, the very thought of writing an Internet diary is a totally foreign concept. Although I enjoy writing stories, an ongoing confessional for all to see is a bit much. Nevertheless, I strongly advocate that my clients take appropriate risks and I’m growing the writing side of my career, so here goes…

I was one of those women who dreaded turning fifty. For months prior to that intimidating birthday, I was busy girding my loins for the formidable assault to my vanity and pride. There was absolutely no way I could kid myself and claim to be “forever young” any longer. I was, to say the very least, upset.

From Heidi's Heart - Feeling a Little Down on my Birthday...

Rasputin is chewing on a bone, and I'm putting off some editing that I've been putting off for weeks now. After completing this post, I have to get at it. That's how I'm spending this Friday night, which happens to be my birthday.

I am grateful to those friends who remembered the day, calling me with well wishes, posting Facebook comments, or sending a card. And dear Georgette, the Floridian pixie, Photoshopped me as a flirtatous faerie, which is now dangling from my living-room ceiling fan.

From A Merry Life - Hello, I Am 23 Years Old...

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday dear MEEEEEEE, Happy Birthday to Me!!

That’s right guys, it is my birthday today. Today I turn 23 years old. Despite the fact my mom has been saying I am 23 for the last several months (she does this every year), my birthday is today at 4:20 p.m. Central Time. Happy Birthday indeed.

Since birthdays are a wonderful chance to stop, smell the roses, and take stock of your life I am going to do just that.

Are you trying to eat healthy?

From A Life Less Sweet: Let Them Eat Trans Fat Free Cake...

We've had a couple of birthday to celebrate in the last month, and with birthdays comes birthday cake. Now, I know that I could actually make a cake from scratch, but I'm happy to admit that I like the convenience of a boxed cake mix. I especially like a boxed cake mix when I'm preparing for a party and don't really want to have to think about baking. I just want to dump, mix, and bake and know that it's going to come out consistently good.

So, perhaps you can imagine my dismay when I started scanning the ingredients on cake mix boxes early last month only to find that every single one (save one - more on that in a minute) had partially hydrogenated oil (in other words, contains some amount of trans fat) in it! Really, I was disgusted. Duncan Hines...Betty let me down!

The American Cancer Society sponsored a Healthy Birthday Cake Contest...


What does your birthday mean to you? Let us know in comments.


Contributing Editor Catherine Morgan

at and Women4Hope


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