Whenever it’s my birthday, I don’t feel any different. My family and friends greet me. It reminds me of a landmark, but nothing else. I don’t physically or emotionally feel younger or older. The concept of time is extremely relative with respect to the mind. With the body, it is absolute and there is no escaping it.
I am very sure, everyone in this world would have a certain particular age in mind, at which they’d want to freeze time. What if I could be 18 forever? Or better still 22? There would be some who’d want to be children for life and escape the mundane responsibilities of life. But time marches on.
A birthday is like a hyphen, an exclamation mark even, in the sentence of life. It comes just once a year (unless you are Morarji Desai, who was born on Feb 29 !!). But also remember that every single date of the year also comes just once a year. And again in the absolute sense, every single moment only comes once in a lifetime. Hate cliches, but this one’s good.
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.
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