Saturday, December 23, 2017

Happy birthday to me!

In less than a week, I'll be exactly 20,000 days old. A nice round number, isn't it? My friends and family will congratulate me on my yearly birthday in March, but I consider this "decimal birthday" much more interesting. 

I detest social conventions that make people feel obligated to celebrate, go somewhere or do something prescribed on some arbitrary date, be it a public/religious holiday or their own birthday. I may have fun on that day (just like any other day), but it will depend only on my mood and/or circumstances - not on the number in the calendar. I'm usually inclined to do the opposite of what most other people are doing, not just because I don't want to go with the flow but because it's often more fun.

- Working and/or staying home on public holidays. The holiday atmosphere is there, but the crowds are not, which makes local outings more pleasurable. Work often pays more and is shorter or less demanding, plus the commute is a breeze. 

- Travelling out of season. We used to take vacations a week or two before Christmas. Again, everything is ready for the holidays, but there are no crowds or lineups.

- Partying on a school day. Who says only weekends are for enjoying good company, a nice motorcycle ride or target practice? I don't have to stay up until 2AM to enjoy any of that.

Did I mention I hate crowds? They look like sheep and make me feel like a mindless drone following some meaningless trend. The only purpose of crowded spaces is to show me where (or when) not to go.