How do you feel about your birthday as an adult?

United States
April 8, 2009 4:58pm CST
Does it still excite you the same way it did as when you were a kid? Or is it depressing because it is just a reminder that you are getting older? For me it is a little bit of both, my 22nd birthday is next week so since im still young I do get excited about it and Im happy to be getting farther into my adult years and have even more freedom and growth in life, but it does make me a little bit sad because time is going so much faster now. Its a little bit scary because it feels like just last month that i was still a teenager. Does anyone else feel that fear of how time just flies by so quick?
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@thaMARKER (3096)
• Philippines
10 Apr 09
i still get excited but not as excited as i was when i was a kid. i was excited about the design of my cake, whom am i going to see, who will greet me first (which is always predictable hehehe) but now, what i only wanted is to be with my family have a good dinner and pray that we all have a good health..
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@agv0419 (3030)
• Philippines
9 Apr 09
My birthday is coming too in one weeek I'm going to celebrate another year of my life. I'm not depress even if I'm turning 26 this coming April 19. I accept the fact that everybody going to be old. Back then when I was young I excited to celebrate my Birthday but now I think it is like ordinary day for me. It is a part of our life so be thankful to God that he adds another year that we are still alive in this world.
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@sk66rc (4262)
• United States
9 Apr 09
I've never really thought anything special about my birthday as long as I could remember... As far as I'm concerned, it's just another day... It just so happens that my birthday is on new years day, I was born on 01/01/1971 20 minutes past mid-night... My mother went into labor around 9pm on new years eve & I was born on 12:20 am on new years day...
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@happymommy3 (2014)
• United States
9 Apr 09
You are still so young to be depressed now, lol. I do know how you feel though. I'm going on my 29th birthday this year and I still feel like my younger years were just yesterday. I think I'm actually stuck in my younger years, lol. Which doesn't have to be a bad thing but it can get a little depressing the more you think about it. I think the only thing that makes me sad is how I see my mom get older and she always tells me how I make her feel old because the older I get means the older she gets, lol. I fear that for myself, watching my children grow older while I grow even older! My oldest daughter just turned 10 and I'm watching her turn into a young lady and it does make me feel old but I really do feel blessed though to be her mom at a young age and know how my mom felt watching me grow up at that age. It is scary but we really do need to enjoy every year because you are absolutely right, time does fly by way to quick and we only have one life to live so lets enjoy every moment of growing older:) Happy early b-day by the way!
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• United States
10 Apr 09
Thank you :) and its sweet that you mention how your daughter is getting older because my mom gets nostalgic during every one of my birthdays and says that she is sad because all of her "babies are grown up now" and it almost makes me feel guilty for growing up:( lol
@rocketsky (1014)
• China
13 Apr 09
i havent had any birthday party since i was an adult i dont think it is imprtant to have birthday i could remember when i was young ,my perents used to buy me lots of birthday presnts .:)
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@Dugsmom (279)
• United States
11 Apr 09
Oh you are still a baby (I mean that in a good way). 22 is so young. I just turned 32 today...even though I know that you are only as old as you feel I still can't get past the number. 32 sounds old. but that's what I said when I was 27years old and now I wish I were 27! Enjoy your youth because the years do go by fast. I hate birthdays because that just means I'm a whole year old. I no longer feel the excitement about my birthday. It's not the same...no more big pizza parties or sleep overs...it all changes when you get older.
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@Shant23 (195)
9 Apr 09
Ill be 24 this year and my birthday does not excite me anymore i am happy justto have a quiet meal with my family and girlfriend thats the perfect birthday for me.
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• India
9 Apr 09
I used to enjoy my birthdays a lot, but since the this one that passed i am in no mood to enjoy at all. Since I had my break off last year, I have been pretty darn confused, about what to look forward to in my life. Lately my age has been a less of a concern, I just want to get on with life and create somethin to look forward to. I think I am getting to it and may be I will enjoy the next one, also may be I will have a lot of cash to blow off on eating, drinking and shopping. Take Care God Bless YOU
@emilie2300 (1892)
• United States
9 Apr 09
It dose a little but not like it was when I was growing up. But I am not to the point yet where I can say oh it's just another day. I don't think like that yet. To me thats my day. I usually try to take off work that day and just chill out or relax and do for me a day all about me. I am 32 I will be 33 this year. I know I am getting older I hate it but its a part of life and shows we are growing up and getting wiser as my grandmother used to say. May she rest in peace.
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• United States
9 Apr 09
After the teen years passed, I became less enthusiastic about gaining another year. The birthdays don't really bother me, but there are fewer milestones to achieve after age 21. I tend to not let age bother me, and I am very happy to still be alive! I think that this is the main reason to celebrate birthdays as an adult, especially the post-retirement years.
@xtine22 (200)
• Philippines
9 Apr 09
I turned 20 last year, and maybe I felt little overwhelmed that I just entered the 'adult years'. But actually, my birthday excitement decreases each year, as if it's just an ordinary day for me, like it is to anyone else. It's not that depressing for me, I guess, coz I can life can add years to me, but I rather add life to my years. Despite being 20, I still look like a teenager. People tell me so, so I guess I can feel a little bit happy about that.
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• India
9 Apr 09
For me, it is a mixed feelings. On the birth day I feel really excited and happy as I that time there are a lot of family members and friends around me. That will be a party time and I do not think too much about getting older. But the situation is reaally different on the next day. I started feeling like I grew older and there is very little time left. But that is how life goes.
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@ilovesk (44)
• China
9 Apr 09
So we should lead a happy and enrichment life,because the life is so fast.
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• India
9 Apr 09
Early 20s is the time to enjoy youth so you must have all the excitement you want. I am past mid 30s but I distinctly remember those days…the gang would meet somewhere and of course the birthday boy/girl would have to sponsor a treat at some fancy eatery and then the gifts would come out with suitable exclamations of surprise and joy. It’s the time when parental involvement takes a backseat and friend are all that matter. Enjoy your days…yes, they indeed fly away very fast.
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• Philippines
9 Apr 09
I feel the same, I'm excited at the same time I feel sad because I'm getting older. Like you, my birthday will be next week, it's my 23rd birthday. It's exciting to know that my co-workers and family will greet me and will have a small party with my close friends and immediate family. But at the same time it was a reminder too that I'm getting older. Just like you said, time is going so much faster now, that is kinda scary actually. It feels like yesterday that I'm turning 20. But oh well, I think the best thing that I'll do is just enjoy my birthday and be thankful for the blessings that I have and will have and also will wish that it will be another unforgettable birthday. By the way, have a happy birthday to you as well and may you also have a great birthday celebration!
• United States
10 Apr 09
Happy Birthday to you too :)
• Singapore
8 Apr 09
after my 18 birthday i don't really celebrate anymore.at most i go restaurant at eat with my husband and friends. i remember my 21 birthday ,it should be a adult age for 21 ,and everyone will celebrate this as a big birthday partly. but some how i can't find a big cake for me. and my husband brought me a cup cake.it was super small, really can't imaging, but is really a very happy day. anyway wish you a happy birthday.
• United States
9 Apr 09
Thank You :)
@sacmom (14336)
• United States
5 Oct 09
I certainly don't think of my birthday like I did when I was growing up, though I don't get depressed over it either. I think of my birthday as just another day. I may be a few years ahead of you, but I'm not bothered by my age. It's just a number. Sure, the older we get the faster time seems to go by. But then again I've noticed this since I was about 13, and it just keeps getting faster as the years go by. Nothing we can do but try to enjoy it. Happy mylotting!
• Canada
26 Sep 09
Birthdays are always exciting in my family, regardless of how old or young the one celebrating is. Sure we may not do the same things for our birthdays as we get older, but they are still a load of fun. Last year for my birthday my husband took me all over town. First to the gourmet chocolate store where he bought me a caramel apple and some chocolate covered strawberries, then to the cafe for a mocha latte, and then to The Greek Garden for a really nice dinner.
@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
9 Apr 09
My nineteenth birthday is when i started getting depressed on my birthdays. I dont know why but every year i just want to cry on that day. I think its because I no longer do anything special or get anything special.
@vzihan (145)
• China
9 Apr 09
When I was a child,my mom celebrated my birthday for me,and I did not notice it until my mom said it was you birthday next week and we would eat a ceitain food in China,which was called BaoZi.When I was twenty,I left home to go to college,then my best friends would have my birthday with me.We ate,drinked,and bought a cake.Meanwhile,my mom and dad celerated at home by themselves.Now my friends and I have graduated and we are living far from each other,I will celerate with my girlfriend and this habit perhaps will continue in my later life.You know,the condition at different ages has different way of celebrating,and I enjoy the blessing of my family member,my friends, and lover.I believe that one day I will be old and maybe my children will have my birthday with me,and it will be perfect.