A lot of people make a big deal of it. Some people don’t even celebrate them. But regardless of what everyone thinks about that day, everyday is an individual’s birthday.
So today, 10/14/2008, reminds me that I am now a year older than yesterday. It’s one of those days where I start to ask myself whether I’m “too old” for my hobbies. On the other hand, I don’t think that there is such thing as being “too old” for anything. Anything and everything designed for a specific target audience from age 0 to 100+ were all created by adults anyway.
For instance, cartoons, anime, manga, comic books, graphic novels. Many of them are targeted towards the younger ages, and yet at the same time all of them, from storyline to the art, were all created by adults. Many kids don’t realize that and some of them poke fun of the people older than them for enjoying/liking some kids show simply because they’re “for kids only.” How can something created by an adult can suddenly have to be “limited” towards a certain target audience? As far as I’m concerned anybody can get in to something that’s past their time.
Family films, for example. Most likely children would be the main focus on these family films (or cutesy-illustrated animals even if the story consisted of animals), which is easy to assume that the films would be “for kids” only. Well, the word “family” contradicts that, meaning that adults (whether if they are parents or single adults) can enjoy the story as well. There is a reason why they’re called “family films” after all.
My parents (my mother especially) used to keep telling my siblings and me (we’re all over 20s) that we’re “too young” to play video games. It was easy for her to say that because she did not grow up playing video games as they were released/invented during our childhood time. Today, just like with movies in general, there are very many different genres and ratings in video games. There are games for children and games for adults, and games for the in-between.
Time came when my siblings and I got a Nintendo Wii for our father’s birthday last year so that he can have something to do whenever he wants to work out. Wii Sports and Wii Play were really good physical video games, which was why we decided to “take a risk” and went for one of the hottest game consoles of today. Ever since the Nintendo Wii’s debut in our family my siblings and I barely had a chance to play anymore. Reason why that became the case because both my parents had grown addicted to the Wii and truly enjoyed Wii Sports and Wii Play. Next year they requested for us to get them Wii Fitness and even further on to requesting Guitar Hero or Rock Band for their birthdays. Ever since then our mother stopped telling us that we’re “too old” for video games. We pretty much became a family of gamers, so much that every other weekend my parents would hold Wii Tournaments at our house with their friends. It was perfect too because they recently purchased a new 72″ Hi-Def TV about five months ago.
As I was writing this I began to realize that those who are more open-minded are correct. You can never be “too old” for anything. If the younger-aged (and even the older-aged) people think you’re “too old” to get in to something “young”, such as listening to today’s pop music to watching and enjoying movies like “High School Musical,” it only shows how close-minded and shallow these people are. Traditionalists? Elitists? Whatever. All the same.
And so concludes my birthday commentary. I feel a lot better now. 32-years-old? The execs and higher managers here at work think I’m lying about my age. They all believe I’m about 10 years younger than 32. I can’t argue with them unless I have to show them my driver’s license, which expires today actually. Go figure.
Some people think that a birthday is just another day, which is true to many people, but for the ones who were born that day, it’s simply considered as their day. Today is my birthday, meaning that today is my day. I’ll celebrate the Day of Me my own way. Family and friends come in later to celebrate this weekend. Apparently it’ll be a double-celebration of me and my brother, whose birthday is this Sunday.