I only celebrate birthdays

kids birthday celebrations
My birthday when I turned 6 in 1983

I only celebrate birthdays and Christmas holidays. I don’t care about Valentine’s Day or Friend’s Day, as we call it in Finland. You should celebrate it every day. You don’t need to do it only on this day. I don’t know why you should have a particular day for it. Maybe it’s just a way to rub it on people doesn’t have friends or loved ones. Either way, it’s an unnecessary day.

When I was a kid, I had birthday parties. It was nice to get presents. We had cake and played put a tail on a donkey. That’s what I had when I turned 6. Birthdays were important then, but as older as you get, you don’t celebrate them the same way. Who wants to get old anyway? The last time I had a birthday party was when I was in 5th or 6th grade. Today all I need is a meal with dessert, and then that’s over. Last year I was at some kind of party, the Duran Duran concert. People only congratulate me on Facebook because that’s what the notifications say. I don’t get many congratulations anymore. Maybe they don’t care. Actually, I don’t get any responses on whatever I post. I only post for myself, so I don’t feel so bad.

I haven’t had any friends since 9th grade, but I have managed without any. The last time I saw my former classmates was over 20 years ago. I don’t even know if they’re still alive. You lose touch with people for different reasons, but that’s life. Some find new friends, but some don’t. In the filmmaking course I’m doing, I won’t have any contact with my classmates when it’s over in August. I talk to them, but that’s about it. Typically, I don’t have much in common with people. They’re not on the same wavelength as me. They’re not asking me anything either, so it feels like people don’t want to get to know me. It’s their loss. I have other things to think about.

Different people celebrate in different ways. Some have big parties where they go dancing, and some celebrate quietly at home. There are no right and wrong ways to celebrate. You do the way you feel like. I only celebrate birthdays and Christmas holidays quietly without a big fuss. For me, other celebrations are only an ordinary day among others.

Bloganuary: My 3 fave ways to travel

Photo by me. Princess Maria, Harbour of Helsinki

Here are my 3 favourite ways to travel

Number One: By cruise ship

I live in a harbour city, so it’s easy to travel by ship. Everything is done for you. The food and the entertainment. You sleep in a cabin. All you need is to relax. I’ve been on a cruise to Stockholm the most. Then to Riga and Tallinn at Christmas. Then to Saint Petersburg, Russia some years ago.

Number Two: By train

It’s a bit more expensive than by bus, but it’s the fastest. I travel to Helsinki twice a month. The most challenging part is the sleeping arrangement. I find it difficult to sleep sitting up, so my sleep is light. I’ve also travelled to Lapland by train, but then you have a bed to sleep on.

Number Three: By bus

It’s the same on a train. I can’t sleep sitting up, but at least I can rest a little bit. You can’t move like you can’t on a ship or a train, but it’s easier than driving yourself. I don’t like to drive long distances either, so the bus is my 3rd favourite way to travel.

Bloganuary: Achievement in year 2023

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Bloganuary 2023, What is something you want to achieve this year?

First, I had an awful Christmas and an even worse new year; terrible flu hit me. It feels like I have never been this sick in my life. I have a cough, and I have had a high fever. The fever is worse at night. I don’t know how long this will last. It’s been on for over a week now. The flu gets you drained. It’s the coughing that does it. I hope this will be over soon. I want the taste back, and my ears popped. Now I feel horrible. I lose my voice after all that coughing. My eyes are tired, and they are also dry. Not a very lovely way to start the year.

Despite not feeling well right now, I will begin Bloganary about what I want to achieve this year. I don’t usually make any goals in advance because they don’t come true anyway. I have things I wish I could achieve. One achievement is finishing my filmmaking education and completing my assignment on time. The education is only part-time. There will be other things to think about, too, at the same time. The year will be pretty busy for me.

I have three concerts to see and the travelling to those. Then there are at least two movie premiers, Guardian of the Galaxy 3 and Indiana Jones 5. Those are the achievement that I’m sure it’s going to happen. Other achievements will only be a plus.