The Birthday Blues

I am writing this a few days before my 27th birthday. I have to admit, even though I am in my late 20’s, I still get this birthday euphoria! As the fall comes I start calculating in my head how far away my b-day is. Don’t worry, I am not one of those annoying people that do that very publicly by posting Facebook status every day coating down the remaining time. I do it very quietly, in my head, and it gets me super excited. I can’t explain what it’s all about; I enjoy the cake and the gifts (not gonna lie, I do), but it’s more about the fact that I’m gonna see/ talk to/ hear from all of my dear family members and friends. All of their calls, messages and cards make my day special and I really can say – I LOVE MY BIRTHDAY!


Now, what I’ve noticed and found kind of weird is that people start having weird feelings about their birthdays because they are related to ageing. Ok, I can understand it at one hand, somehow in this world of disturbed values youth is a super appreciated quality (is it even always a quality?).  We start feeling bad about our age like we somehow become uncool when we pass a certain age group. Well, let me tell you, I see a bit of it in myself. I don’t feel like dancing till 5a.m every other weekend like I maybe did when I was eighteen. And that’s ok. What I also don’t feel is the insecurity I used to fight with at that age. So, maybe I am not the dancing queen anymore, but I’ve learnt some other lessons. What I’m trying to say is – every age comes with its good and bad sides. Instead of wishing that you were younger (or in same cases older) just enjoy what you are right now. It’s not like it’s going to last long. Time will make sure that it all goes away. Don’t look at your wrinkles and wish that you were 25 again. As someone once said:

“Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.”


So take every day as a blessing. As a little gift that was given to you to spend. Be wise and thoughtful on how and whit whom you are going to use it. And when 365 of those slide by, smile and say “I made it thorough another year!”. Celebrate getting a year older, many hoped for it but didn’t get the chance. Celebrate life and all the new lessons it thought you. Celebrate you.

Ivona Josipovic

Ivona Josipovic is a co-founder of The Smoke Detector, writer, fashion stylist, social media manager, curious creature, chocolate lover.

  1. This is a beautiful post & I’m glad you included the quote about not being sad to turn older because a lot of people don’t have that privilege for sure. I just lost a coworker (25) and it’s really making me rethink a few things in life to figure out what I want to be doing and such. Life is so short! xx,

    1. Hi Adaleta, thanks for your kind words. I am so sorry to hear about your loss, life can be so unpredictable. We all get caught up in this fast way of living, always running around and often not having time for people and things that really matter. It is good to stop for a moment and rethink, and reorganise our priorities. We are here for such a short time, so we need to focus on what matters and make the best of it.
      Have a nice Sunday! xx

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