One Month Before My Birthday

When I was a kid,
One month before my birthday,
I used to be very excited
About the gifts, dress and celebration.

When I was a teen,
One month before my birthday,
I used to be very hopeful
About friends, family and dreams.

When I was in my early twenties,
One month before my birthday,
I used to be very surprised
About how time was flying by.

When I entered my late twenties,
One month before my birthday,
I used to be very anxious
About how life goals were not being met.

But this time,
One month before my birthday,
I really don’t care
About anything imaginary or unnecessarily expected.

This time,
One month before my birthday,
I want to make every day count
Till the clock strikes twelve.

This time,
One month before my birthday,
I don’t worry about twenty-eight,
Knowing I’ll never be twenty-seven ever again.

33 thoughts on “One Month Before My Birthday

  1. I can relate to this. I look forward to birthdays and the lead up to them. Not perhaps with great excitement but with an acknowledgment that I am grateful for another year and I do not take life for granted 😎

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    1. Oh my God! Niharika, I’m so humbled by that response of yours. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

      Could you just do me a favour? Remember how when we used to recite poems in school, we would first mention the name of the poet along with the title of the poem? Even though I wouldn’t be there to hear you do it, it would still make me really happy to know that someone did that! πŸ˜€
      Do tell me how it turns out.

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      1. I would be more than happy to do so madame. Though my sister is now just eighteen and I am still in high school, I would not forget this post at all. I am sure that my sister would be touched to hear your beautiful words.

        I certainly shall😊

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  2. First things first, happy birthday in advance! Wish this year’s a blast and that you do all the things you want to do before you turn 28.
    Secondly, that’s a great outlook on life. It reminded how each day will never come again. So, live life to the fullest, huh?
    Carpe diem.

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    1. Now that makes you the first person to wish me for my birthday this year! Thank you so much, Rashi! πŸ€—

      Yeah, there’s hardly any way I can do everything I want to before 28… So I have stopped unnecessarily worrying. Everything in its own time. So, just live every moment! Carpe diem, indeed! πŸ’™

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Yash! πŸ™‚

      Yes, our thought process changes through the years. Phone calls played a major role for me since always. They do even now. Earlier, every call mattered. Now, I precisely know who are the people whose call actually matters, no matter when in the day they do so. πŸ™‚

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  3. Sometime when I was very young, I absorbed my mother’s aversion for birthdays, and to this day they make me squeamish. But as I amble further into the dirty thirties, I am slowly learning to accept time’s passing. I’ll bookmark this poem and read it again on my next one. Thank you for sharing this!

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    1. That makes me feel so happy!! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ You are most welcome!

      Yes, there are all sorts of aversions that people have. Birthday celebrations are also one of them. I know of others who share that feeling, so I understand. To each, their own.

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  4. First, best wishes, Mia, for a very special December,,,whatever.

    Second, it must’ve been tough as a kid, having your birthday so close to the holiday.

    “Happy Birthday/Merry Christmas, Mia!”

    “Wait, just one present? What kind of nonsense is this? Thanks a million, Calendar!”

    By the way, the older we get, the more beside the point birthdays become. Every day brings potential milestones and opportunities to begin life anew. No need anymore to wait until your actual birthday for that!

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    1. I begin with thanking you, Keith! πŸ€— For both the advanced birthday wish as well as the beautiful comment! It’s December 17, by the way.

      No, actually I have always loved the fact that my birthday falls exactly one week before Christmas eve. Advent feels good. πŸ˜‡

      The gift dilemma had been solved very clearly. One gift for the birthday and one for Christmas. Not my fault that they are so close. πŸ˜…

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    2. As always, you are right. No need to wait for one specific day. So I decided to go out yesterday and buy myself something already, as in, my gift to me. Others can do so whenever they want to. Carpe diem! πŸ™‚

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      1. As do I, Mia, though mine is merely a variation on your theme.

        See, I’m all about anticipation, meaning that when I get a gift card, for example, I spend months having so much fun imagining what I’ll buy. Consequently, I often don’t actually “spend” my birthday gift cards until pretty darn close to the next year’s birthday!.

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  5. I like how growing is about making peace with yourself. Yes only today counts. We must remember it to be fully alive, now.
    May you enjoy each coming days. There is nothing to do. Just be!

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