Happy Birthday To Me! It’s My Birthday

March 3, 2016

img_2616Today’s my birthday! I feel like it’s almost customary to write a introspective post of reflection and wisdom when one turns another year older, or at the least compile a list of things one would like to achieve. I have to be honest – I’ve always had a strong sense of self, and whilst I’ve certainly grown and developed through my life (spoiler: that’s the point) I don’t feel a million miles away from the person I was a year ago, or five years ago, or ten years ago.

Last year was my first birthday following Pete’s death, and one of the other little crutches of my personal triumvirate (James) was away for the week, so things just felt at an absolute low. I’ve just racked the archives of this blog and I didn’t even acknowledge my birthday in the posts around that time which I think is quite telling. The previous year Pete gets a full mention despite my blog being in it’s infancy at the time and friends never made much of an appearance. It’s quite odd re-reading this post, I still feel connected to the excitement and joy I expressed for my birthday but it’s also quite poignant reading about my feelings towards my friends.

Without trying to get too philosophical or deep, I have kind of mixed feelings towards this birthday – for one thing, this is the closest to 30 I’ve ever been and secondly my job and life situations don’t appear to have really advanced much in the last couple of years. Perhaps that’s to be expected? I’ll be celebrating tomorrow – on Friday I have a gig followed by birthday drinks at The Others in Stoke Newington. I love performing, it’s a wicked venue and the line-up is super-varied and interesting – so come down if you want to join in and celebrate with me. Yay! Xx

28 comments so far.

28 responses to “Happy Birthday To Me! It’s My Birthday”

  1. Happy Birthday, have a WONDERFUL day!

  2. oddsandends says:

    Happy birthday! Wish you all the best! And good luck with your gig

  3. Sandra says:

    Hi Laila, I hope you’re having a lovely day! Happy Birthday and I wish you all the best for the year to come 🙂

  4. jennie says:

    Wishing you the happiest of birthdays lovely <3

  5. Happy Birthday!

    I just started my blog at kameamoonmaiden@wordpress.com

  6. I got that mixed up, so sorry you’ve had to experience such loss. Close to 30! My third born kid is gonna be 30 next month.

    I have mine and a few others poetry and prose at kameamoonmaiden.wordpress.com. mostly mine. May your day be blessed.

  7. Happy Birthday Laila!
    Have a great night on Friday, would totally come down for the gig but alas I am working sad face – maybe catch you at another gig or meet up at some point!

    Gem x

  8. Have a wonderful birthday weekend, Laila.

    Anyway, I’m going to go have a read about Pete now. I’ve lost a few people close to me over the years – one very recently – and it never gets any easier.

    30’s a skoosh though, I swear.

    Lis / last year’s girl x

  9. anne-marie says:


  10. HAPPY HAPPY HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY DEAR LAILA! Hope you’ll have all of your wishes come true and that you’ll celebrate surrounded with amazing people and create long lasting memories 😀 :* I’ll be in London for a week (yay, my first time there) two weeks from now, maybe we could meet for a pint 🙂

  11. Elizabeth says:

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a brilliant time tomorrow night! x


  12. Elizabeth says:

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a brilliant time celebrating tomorrow night! x

  13. oddsandends says:

    Happy birthday! Wish you all the best!

  14. Adam Perry says:

    joyeuse anniversaire 🙂

  15. Happy birthday and let something amazing happen during your performance amd foe job to get even better.

  16. Happy birthday, lovely! Enjoy the day and the performance tonight! Wish I was in London to come and listen to you!
    Cheers! Make it count!

  17. Laura says:

    noo, i missed your birthday. but the happiest belated birthday! hope you are having and will have a wonderful time celebrating tonight! all the happiness and good things and birthday (and all year-round) fun to you, hehe! <3 xxx

  18. Priya says:

    HBD dear Laila! You have the same bday as my younger brothers 🙂 I hope you felt celebrated all day! Be back soon to catch up on what I’ve missed. Have a super fun weekend! <3

  19. Reshma says:

    Happy Birthday! We actually share the same birthday! 🙂
    I’ve been kinda out of it lately, so this birthday was quiet low key. I think it would help to write a reflective post for the past year since so much as been going on.
    Thirties aren’t so bad… so don’t worry! Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

  20. Happy Birthday! I wish you all the best.

  21. jessthetics says:

    Laila, I hope you had a fantastic birthday! I’m sorry I didn’t manage to catch you this weekend, so we’ll have to do something when I’m down in a couple of weeks. I hope the gig went well! I actually think that “progress” especially in relation to careers is overemphasised. I think if you love your life and you’re doing something that you enjoy, it isn’t important to move “up the ladder” or whatever. Having a life and job that you love is such an achievement in itself! And if you already have that, I wonder where one’s supposed to be progressing to.

    Love Jessthetics xxx

  22. Happy birthday, may this year be everything you wished for and more~

  23. CocozOil says:

    A late Happy Birtday, like your blogg

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