Are The Milestones Are The Worst?

"All the world's a stage
And all the men and women merely players,
They have their exits and entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages."

In contemporary America, the arguably tender age of 16 is often the first "milestone" most commonly acknowledged.

Then comes 18, then 21, then 30.

After that, it all seems "downhill", doesn't it?

All too soon comes the fourth decade.

Then, the dreaded half-century mark casts a long shadow.

Occasionally, due to often uncontrollable circumstances, one must commemorate their natal anniversary alone. These things happen.

However when one is inexplicably condemned to forced solitude on these supposedly "happy" milestone occasions that coincide with the proverbial "seven ages" spoken of by the Bard, there is little, if any joy left to cling to.

I wonder how many suicides have been attempted on birthdays? Besides mine, that is.

Apparently I can't even do THAT right.
tgcyndi tgcyndi
36-40, T
2 Responses Jul 16, 2010

First, I appreciate the positive tenor of your response. Many thanks.<br />
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Second, as my actual birthday is still a ways out yet, what you read was a stream-of-conciousness based on a PAST experience. As the professionals would say, it was an "incomplete" (as opposed to "unsuccessful") attempt, hence my continued presence here.<br />
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Third, one of the contributing factors to my depression is the total lack of a familial support network, due to circumstances far beyond my control. <br />
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With that said, the unfortunate scenario that played out on your birhday would not occur in my life unless I suddenly were to connect with the departed. Not bloody likely. <br />
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Be that as it may, time has proven that I am quite capable of concealing my inner darkness and becoming the "life of the party" when necessary, as I have misspent most of my so-called life in that delightful business we call "show".. <br />
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"Tears of a clown", eh?

Hello, I hope you really didn't attempt suicide.<br />
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About being alone on your birthday, I have some suggestions. GO out by yourself and treat yourself to something you like, be it a restaurant or activity. Don't stay at home and mope, call up your friend and use your birthday as an excuse to get them to go along with you somewhere or come over and visit.<br />
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My family, entire family forgot my last birthday. I went the entire day without one "Happy Birthday" or anything from my friends either. I saw them, but no one not even my own mother remembered lol.<br />
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So it could have been worse, you could have been surrounded by friends and family who had no idea you were a year older. It didn't really bother me personally, but at this point it's just another day when I can't remember exactly how old I'm supposed to be anyway.