My birthday is September 17, which at the time of writing this, is six days away, including today.

It’s a weird year to have a birthday in: I started this year in Japan, and I’ll end it in here in the states. I also started this year employed: now, I’m between work in a time where the American economy is in flux, where more than thirty million people are unemployed. It’s a strange time to celebrate my 28th birthday.

This year is also strange because I can’t afford to buy myself a gift: it’s just not doable.

All of this hasn’t been helped by the fact that I’ve just… not been in a place to think about my birthday. In a strange way, I dreaded it for part of the year, then became apathetic towards it. It’s only in the past two days that I’ve started to feel a little optomistic about turning 28.

Which brings me to why I’m making this brief post.

I’ve never done this, but I’m going to end this post with a link to my Amazon Birthday Wishlist. It’s some things that caught my eye and that I’d genuinely like and have decided would make me feel happy, which I do think is important.

I don’t expect anyone to get my the items on it, but I was encouraged by a friend to just put it out there and see what happens. I know that many of us are in a bind: these are very frivalous things. I’m just thankful I’m here to ask for me.

Six days out, and I still don’t know what my birthday will look like: I don’t know if I’ll have a cake or anything nice to eat, or even want those things. I hope that maybe, I’ll have the energy to draw: I’d like to play around with some of my new Procreate brushes. Certainly, I’ll take a break from any and all kind of work that day: I’m a strict “birthdays are holidays” kind of person. I might watch one of my favorite movies: I might spend the morning with my SwitchLite in bed, and the afternoon with a movie. I might take a nap.

(I probably will take a nap.)

What ever I do, I’ll… try to enjoy my birthday. Even in the midst of everything happening in the world and my life, I still am worth a break. At least, I certainly think so.

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