So, I turned 23 today. I don’t remember agreeing to that, but oh well. The wheel has turned once again, I’m one step closer to the grave, etc… I’ve long since adopted a bit of a ‘meh’ attitude about my birthday… Maybe it’s because it’s close to Christmas, or maybe it’s because I never really do anything special, but it’s pretty much another day now. Albeit a cake/presents/special treatment filled day.
Not being the popular kid in school I never really hosted a party, except when I was young, and so for many years I’d just celebrate it with family. Nothing wrong with that I suppose, but the novelty of turning a year older wore off mighty quick. When I got older and learned to drive though, me and my best mates started a tradition of going to see a movie, then getting a Papa John’s Pizza and eating it in a random car park somewhere in town. Because cool kids eat pizza in freezing cold weather.
A bit of trivia for you: My birthday is also the Christian Feast of the Epiphany, which celebrates the arrival of the three wise men and the 12h day of Christmas, I believe. Forgetting for a moment that the whole December 25th date is completely arbitrary, the Three Wise Men weren’t actually there right at the beginning – they arrived on the equally as arbitrary January 6th date, sometime after Jesus’ actual birth. Not that you really need to know this, but hey, I had to endure a Mass every at school on my Birthday, you can endure a few seconds of lore.
I guess this means I should probably grow up a bit, or something. I’ll add it to the ‘to do’ list.
Another odd fact – I’m actually one of the youngest people I know within my niche. A load of the other games journalists, PR’s, Editor’s etc… are at best a couple of years older than me, at worst pushing or are well over 30. Not sure why I find this odd, I guess I’m too used to be surrounded by people who are the same age as me. Saying that, I actually know… three people, I think (so far) that are younger than me? Although these particular chaps are having much more success than I am in this industry, which says something about me I suppose. I should get on that.
Anyway, no need to do anything special for me, even though I know you really want to. Just email me pictures of things you would get me if you could/wanted to/cared.
Until next year.