Friday, November 16, 2007

Birthday - What's that?

Birthday according to

birth·day Pronunciation Key - [burth-dey]
1. the anniversary of a birth.
2. the day of a person's birth.
3. a day marking or commemorating the origin, founding, or beginning of something.
4. the festivities or celebration marking such a day or anniversary

Age - most people don't care how old they are. And the older one gets, the less they remember. So the only reason to celebrate one's birthday is to celebrate how old they are.
Yes - birthdays are to be celebrated for the birth of someone. But if you are so glad the person was born, then shouldn't you be celebrating everyday of your life that they are alive? That they have been born and that they continue to live? Shouldn't every day be a birthday celebration?

I don't think that there should be birthdays. At least not for me. I have nothing against getting older, I just don't see the logic in celebrating one day special from any others. It's just another day.
I enjoy throwing birthday parties for others. I enjoy attending birthday parties. I enjoy attending parties of any sort. But I do not like to be the one the party is being thrown for. I see no reason to celebrate November 10th as any special day. It's the anniversay of the Marine Corp. So if you want to celebrate something, celebrate that . . .

Of course - my roommate does not agree. She wanted to throw a bash. Make a big deal of it and make it my day. But you know - by the end of the day the birthday person is sick of hearing "Well, YOU'RE the birthday girl. YOU decide." It's my birthday, but why do I have to decide?

Irregardless of my strong desire NOT to celebrate or do anything special for my birthday - I went along with her and pleased her. So below are some pictures from the 'special day.' . . . Progressive dinner: Sonic for drinks, Applebee's for appetizers, ended up at the food court for dinner, and The Cheesecake Factory for dessert. Then back to my apartment for cards . . . .

Sonic with Cameron and Brittany.


Jamie and Brent.

The Cheesecake Factory

Brandon, Jon, Michelle

Claire, Cameron, Jamie

This face shows my thoughts for the nite . . .

Friday, November 2, 2007

IN the world

I am naive.
I am innocent.
I live in a bubble-world.

I went to lunch with some guys that I work with today. We were discussing immigration and how people get away with it. If the US is so against it - then why don't they do something more about it? Seems to me that everything is pretty laxed, but then again there's not much they CAN do. It's all about who's willing to pay more, and I'm pretty sure that border patrol will never be paid enough to follow the rules.

Apparently all you need in life is money. If you have money you can go anywhere and do anything you want. So what's my deal? I just need to get some money and I'll be fine. I would be able to travel, I'd be able to go to school, I would be able to have hands-on experience with different cultures, and it would all just be amazing!!

I want to learn. I want to travel. I want to get out of my bubble. I want to do something different with my life. I want to be exposed to different things. I want to know how other people live. I want to be able to carry on a conversation with someone and be able to actually give something to it and not just be surprised about it all. I would like to be able to share my fountain of knowledge with someone about things from first hand experience, not from stories of other people.

Can't I do that? Can't I go see the world? Can't I experience other things in life that are common with people of the world? Can't I experience things or be exposed or be around things that the kids I will one day be helping are exposed to every day? Can't I be around other people to see how they live??

I want to be more in the world. Not OF the world, but IN the world. I know nothing and have seen nothing. So I want to have my eyes opened and experience everything I possibly can.

How can I do that? Besides losing my fear of everything I don't know and getting out of comfort zone, HOW DO I DO IT??

(The conversation was about illegal immigration and social security numbers and such, but then I started thinking about traveling and learning and seeing new things. I had no idea about any of that. I am REALLY sheltered so I have got to open my eyes and learn/see new things.)