Accordingly, I am letting G.K. Chesterton do the heavy lifting and taking the day off from thinking very much:
“The first fact about the celebration of a birthday is that it is a way of affirming defiantly, and even flamboyantly, that it is a good thing to be alive….But there is a second fact about Birthdays, and the birth-song of all creation, a fact which really follows on this; but which, as it seems to me, the other school of thought almost refuses to recognize. The point of that fact is simply that it is a fact. In being glad about my Birthday, I am being glad about something which I did not myself bring about.” (G.K.’s Weekly, March 21, 1935)
To that, I would only like to add my deep gratitude to Mom and Dad (and, of course, God) for giving me life. Glad to take another turn around the sun!