It’s another birthday again. No pomp. No pageantry. I’m beginning to think my luck at getting a good birthday has run out. So today is shitty as well. I end up entering into a fight with mother. I mean what else did I expect from May the 4th. Just give up alre…
Wake up! Stop dreaming. You’re just dreaming.
I wake up then. Heart thumping, eyes squinting, trying to get my bearings. I pick my phone up then and see numerous calls and messages.
Ring the bells loudly.
Sound the alarm.
Blow the trumpets and horns.
I have finally had some semblance of contentment on the day that is my birthday.
So where do I start from to relate this rather beautiful day that is my birthday.
I’ll start with the gory and move on to the beautiful.
I am suffering from a second degree burn courtesy of my first bike ride yesterday.
How does it feel?
Like someone is finely chopping off my skin using just a piece of cutlery. Ouch! It really hurts. I know. To get some semblance of a treatment as I wasn’t close to any proper medical centre, I had to be held down by a big bully. Because I would have gone bat-shit crazy on my “doctor” if I wasn’t held down while she was peeling of the dead skin. But funny enough, I wouldn’t have spent my day anyhow else.
It was warm and cozy. And sincerely that’s all I’ve wanted for a birthday for a long time now. No stressful thinking, no sour mood, no bad exams, no special dinners, no putting up forced smiles and most importantly, no tears.
I was just relaxed. The mood was just right. It was as if I was transported to another world. Far from making difficult choices, far from responsibilities, far from temptations. I spent half of the day with people I love and we were just, well, chilling. It did break my heart when I had to go to some other function. I wished it just continued that way. I wanted to continue to be in my safe place. Far from reality and expectations. Maybe, someday I will have that experience again. Maybe. In the meantime however, I have taken enough mental pictures to preserve memories I feel that will last a lifetime.
If I were to die now, I know that I will die happy. Afterall, I ate a guava for the first time. It really is an exotic fruit. I crossed really busy motorways and climbed an overhead pedestrian bridge. I rode on a motorcycle for the first time and experienced the wind blowing in full force at my face. If I wasn’t such a novice at riding a motorcycle, and if such modes of transport came with a secure belt, I would have very much liked to put my hands out and feel the breeze. And to cap it all, I met two really cute puppies. I’ve never had the chance to touch or pet a puppy. As a lover of dogs, this was breathtakingly amazing! They are just cute, tiny, cuddly, slippers eating creatures.
Do you ever just lie around doing nothing except holding hands, talking, laughing and messing around with someone. That, dear folks is the meaning of contentment.
There was no party, alcohol, exotic dinners, strippers and all but it was really a Happy Birthday. Cheers to me!!
Excerpts of Birthday Wishes:
“Happy Birthday to a very special friend. Words are not enough to describe how exceptionally amazing you are. May this new year yield beautiful beginnings in your life. May all your dreams and aspirations come true. May people see the evidence of God’s goodness in your life. Have a wonderful day baby girl.”
“Happy Birthday 🎊🎉 hope you have a great day I love you and miss you xxxxx”
“Happy Birthday to you my love, my twin in the mind, my sweetie, the sugar in my tea. God bless your new age and crown you with his Glory. I love you Girlfriend.”
“An awesome friend, exceptional, an epitome of knowledge and beauty. Happy bornday.”
“Babeh!!!!! The loyal one! The truthful, loving, sacrificial one! I thank God for bringing you into my life!! Who wouldn’t want a friendship that never ends no matter how far we are from each other! You are amazing, amazing, amazing!!!! God bless you! Thank you for out of the blues dinners, long chats in your bedroom in Sheffield, for the times you charged my account when it was low. You are everything a girl needs in a friend. I love you, love you, love you!!!! And I can’t wait to see all that God has in store for you unravelled! Happy birthday!!!!”
“Happy Birthday ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤. I stand on the Word of God and I decree that everything will work for your good. You will know no sorrow. Where others are struggling, the grace of God will answer to you.”
“Nwanyi Mbaise, ego onyibo m, nwa na-ato pieces, nwa oma, ada daddy ya, biko ka m jukwa ajuju ya, ndi ogo, ha biago? You know I will go there. Happy birthday my day 1. I just want to appreciate you for being all I have ever needed. I miss you every second man. Can’t wait for you to come back cos our adventures have been put on hold. One thing is sure, I have saved money this year because I didn’t have to buy you a birthday present. Yaaay! Happy birthday…”