Monday, 26 August 2013

The Birthday Wish-List

Today, I received a call from a college-friend asking me for my postal address. She said she needed it to send me my birthday gifts for this year! Now, all those who regularly follow my blog must be aware by now that I am a big fan of birthdays! However, with exactly a month to go before I turn 24 years old, I was a little surprised to find myself not feeling a bit joyous about it. My friend on the phone, perhaps noticing my indifference, remarked, “Are you upset about turning a year older?” I couldn't help but smile on hearing that comment. I always crib about turning old every year. However, this time, I don’t think that is the case. I haven’t celebrated my birthday in a grand, elaborate manner since the last three years.  If it weren't for a select few people who demand a treat, I’d probably be sitting at home on my birthday dressed in my PJs. As I told my friend how tedious I think birthday celebrations are, she was astounded, “You have changed so much post college!” I just smiled and told her, “I don’t have anyone like you here to make this day special for me!” She giggled and ranted on the phone about what she would do if she was in Mumbai for my special occasion. For a while, I was transported back in time as I heard her chatter. Before hanging up, she made me promise that I would make a wish-list because, in the words of my dear friend, “Even if I am not around, my best friend must have the time of her life!”

So yes, with just a month to go, here is what I wish for this birthday:
  • Happiness:  Happiness means different things to different people. I feel happy when I am valued. I think one never needs a reason to spread smiles. This birthday, I want to be happy by spreading happiness around me. I have decided to perform some random acts of kindness during my birthday month. If you have any suggestions on what these might be, feel free to send me your requests!
  • Love: Sometimes all it takes is a hug or a kiss or a concerned arm around your shoulder to melt all your troubles away. I feel we are living in a world, today, that is unfortunately characterized by indifference. On my birthday, if you wish to make a difference in my world, please do not hesitate from spreading love and brightening the lives of those individuals who you feel are special to you (and if I am a special person in your life, please note that I too need my share of love and affection!).
  • Acceptance: We all have a tendency to like people for the things they do that make our life special. This birthday, I want to be accepted for who I am. It may seem to be a rather humble request but when was the last time you were able to accept someone unconditionally? I have flaws just like you do but why let that come in the way of treating one another with non-judgementality and unconditional positive regard.
These are the three wishes I have. Three simple wishes, or am I asking for a lot?


22 comments:

  1. Hugs and lots of love to you !! You are my fav blogger I came across this year :*

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    1. Aww :) :) Thanks so much **hugs**

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  2. Sigh...!
    A wish-list fit for the devas!!!

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    1. I am the Goddess :D It's only fair that I make a wish-list that requires the devas to do some work :D

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  3. Good Luck!! and may you get what you wished.

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  4. You're getting old! :P Na! Kidding! But couldn't help but notice, how your friend thought you changed.. Maybe you're just busy! :D
    And as far as spreading happiness is concerned, I am sure you already are spreading most of yours too! You visit to NGOs as you mentioned in your last post and it is really quite a humble fact!
    Secondly, don't wait for love... it finds you at the right time! :)
    On your third wish, acceptance, I'd advise you to drink 3 pints of lager right away! (no, seriously)
    Chalo enough of the free opinions.. ye comment kuch zyada hi lamba ho gaya hai :D Have a wonderful birthday month <3
    And we also want special posts from you during your birthday month! :)

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    1. Ha!Ha! I will keep posting throughout the month of September provided I get enough inspiration :) I have started volunteering at NGOs and offering free counselling and psycho-therapeutic services - but apart from that I am open to spreading joy by performing other acts of kindness :)
      I am tired of loving and not getting it back so I am hoping it does find me at the right time :) :)
      Ha!Ha! I would need more than 3 pints to accept things :D :D But I am not sure what I'd say would be acceptable for people once I am sober :D :D

      Thank you for your wishes!

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  5. Lovely wishes ... may they shower upon you :-)

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    1. Thank You! I hope they come true :)

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  6. Three good and valid points, or rather wishes that are essential for every one.
    I am sure you will have abundant of these (not only on your B'day but always)

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    1. Hope so :) Thank you for stopping by :) I believe this is your first time here ;)

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  7. Don't we all wish for happiness, love and acceptance Divya? I feel they are all inter-linked...Happiness comes from accepting life with all its frailties and festivities, true love is again acceptance of who you are and what surrounds you without any expectations and the icing on the cake would be when you are loved and accepted, that brings happiness too :)
    I wish life showers you with all three in a manner that means the best to you:)
    Btw we share the same birth month :)

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    1. Ah! When is your birthday?

      I think in the end everything is just inter-related if one chooses to see it that way :) At present, I have put forth my 3 wishes - hopefully, if even 1 of them comes true, the rest shall follow suit :D

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  8. Wishing you all the three on wish list in abundance , Divya:)

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  9. These are the gifts that would make your life content. Happy Birthday :-) May God bless you abundantly :-)

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  10. Awww those were some lovely wishes there... AMEN to them and sending loads of love and warm hugs your way for being all that you have been and will always be....

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    1. Thank You So Much, Privy! And a special thanks for always being around :)

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