By birthday_loser - United States - Newport News
Today, I was upset because my brother, who I'm very close to, didn't call me for my birthday yesterday. I told my mom about it, and we both immediately went silent on the phone, as we both realized she forgot to call me yesterday as well. FML
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  WhatYouMean  |  4

You were clearly never loved when you were a child if you don't think a birthday is big

  VannahJane  |  17

Now i think birthdays are special and have valid points in life, but just because someone doesn't like birthdays or 'see the point' of them doesn't mean they weren't loved

  accioshannon  |  17

Birthdays can be a touchy subject. To some people, it's to celebrate someone's life and coming into the world. But to others, it's just another day. Neither is right or wrong, just an opinion.


I kinda like being told happy birthday honestly, but to get mad at a relative or friend for not remembering(which I fully understand, I suck balls at remembering stuff) it's just not me... If it weren't for the facebook birthday thing, I wouldn't know shit!

Edit: but then again, it's the parent we're talking about, so... : /

  chinagirl3343  |  8

I love celebrating birthdays!!! I don't care if it mine or a friend's or a family member. Of course it must be someone I care about... But it's a day to go yay!!!!! Your my friend/sister/brother (etc) I'm glad you're here! Happy Birthday!!! Let's eat cake! Speaking of that, has everyone forgotten about the CAKE!???!!! :-)

  free2speak  |  14

To me birthdays are important. Not because of the gifts or being able to celebrate one day where it's kinda sorta "all about me" but because it makes me appreciate how many people truly remember and love me. I've had suicidal thoughts during the lowest points of my life and birthdays, at least to me, are a reminder of whose life I would impact if I took away my own life. Even during the low times, what stopped me was knowing I don't have the right to put my loved ones through that kind of suffering. Even Facebook BD wishes are somewhat significant in that someone thought you were worth the time to wish HBD. In retrospect, it was all silly and things always got better but it sure is easy to forget how many people care when you're at your lowest point in life and birthday are nice reminders of that. But in this case, knowing your family forgot could be a total contrast to my situation. So there you have it.. Why birthdays are a big deal to some people.
TL;DR: BD's are a big deal because its nice to be reminded about who loves you enough to call and wish and could prevent from being depressed/suicidal. Or not, in OP's case.

  akiahara  |  14

88 - People who dislike you can still wish you a happy birthday. It's completely fake and meaningless. Not everyone does it because they care. In-laws, for example. Just saying.

  ehllychan  |  10

I also never got why is a birthday any important at all. I respect people who think it's important, and will try to remember their birthday if they care, but I don't get it at all and don't care about my own birthday.

I don't get why people say it has anything to do with knowing who cares. People who care are there for you the whole year, whenever you need.
A birthday is just a date. I think it's ridiculous that some people will get angry at family, friends and lovers and act as they don't care just for forgetting their birthdays when those people have shown their love when it really mattered constantly.

  Carmstro  |  13

Oh stop. Cake, presents, an excuse to get together with those you love, even just a day where you're allowed to dedicate a bit of time to yourself. Enjoy it, you deserve it after making that trip around the sun. :)

  dorworters  |  9

presents are nice, and so is cake. but aside from that, ehllychan is right. people who care care year round. the ones who only care on birthdays dont actually care. its just another day. an excuse to party, but aside from the superficial, pretty idiotic. why not just do it in segments of 5? or 6 months? whats so special about a year?