Monday, March 2, 2009

The Big 0

If you are above the age of 21 then at some point in your life you must have experienced it. Why 21, you ask. Because unless you reach that great age you do not fully comprehend the importance of the 0, you are not matured enough to embrace it and accept it as a part of your life, as something that is completely unavoidable and will come to you again and again, if you live long enough. If you are in your teens you might argue and say, look I’m not yet 21 but it’s happened to me, I know what it means and what I felt. But like a broken record I repeat myself – 21 is the age when you realize its overwhelming significance and the impact 0 can have on your life.

And the best part? They say it gets better with age, you become a wiser, better human being, you are more refined, and evolutionally speaking, more highly developed and more adaptable to change. When you are in your 20’s or 30’s or even 40’s you may not feel comfortable talking about it, you may be slightly embarrassed to admit how many you’ve had. Women, especially, hate discussing numbers. And don’t ever ask. Never. Not ever.

Old people, on the other hand, love talking about it. They might even add a few numbers, and wouldn’t hesitate to describe in great detail what happened on every 0 occasion, if they can remember at all. Because when you are old, having many 0’s in your life is something to be proud of, something greatly desired. It shows you are healthy, and most likely had a very good life.

There are some unfortunate people who die without ever having one, and my heart bleeds for them. Why should anyone die without experiencing this great moment(s), moments that they will remember fondly in their sunset years?

Look at the people around you. Most of them would’ve had it. Some more than the others, some relatively very few. Look in the mirror. You know you’ve had it, don’t be in denial. (Who, me?) Yes, you!! I don’t know how many times, but I know it’s happened to you. And if you are healthy and alive it is going to happen again. It’s inevitable; you cannot run from it, there’s no place to hide. It’s the law of nature, it is how God made us. Now don’t go scratching that head and look confused and try to remember when the last time was. You may not remember every detail, but you know very well when it was, don’t you?

And me? Guilty, Your Honour. Had a couple of them, but for the life of me couldn’t remember what happened the last time. Because the last time was 10 years ago. And today is the day another one will come into my life, the Big Three-0.

Happy Birthday to me.

(PS I don't know why the date is showing March 2, but today is March 4)


  1. happy birthday girl. Here is a wish that you enjoy many 0 in your life.
    Zawlkhawpui lam ngaih vang chuan i kur lovang chu maw. CHung khuanu venna zarah damten leng la, i tan hlimni lo herchhuak zel mawl ten sen. Piancham lawm a, hlimzai vawr turin duhsakna sang ber ka hlan a che.

  2. Thank you Vana. Zawlkhawpui lam chu..... ngai ve tho mai.

  3. Haha, I read three-0 as 100'ish so I was like "Whoah! You're approaching 100? And yet you write so... young and fresh! I'm impressed. Hugs to you, Pi Aduh."

    Anywayz, Happy Birthday to you dear. *Another hugzz* I'll be there soon too, so I'm preparing my mind by studying your post meticulously, like, what's it like to be 30, do you suddenly start howling at the full moon and turn into a werewolf, or you start having these strange fetishes for senile people etc. I dunno, I'm intrigued! :-)

  4. Of course I'm approaching 100. Every new day brings me closer to my double century.

    What's it like? How does it feel? It's like....normal? Nothing extraordinary. Hey I think I will write a new post on this subject, so that underprivileged folks like you would somehow come closer to understanding.

    See, I may be old, but I can still get inspired, just like that!!

  5. A happy belated B'day to this charming lady wit whom any man could fall for at the first interaction :-)
    Had my first 0 a long loong looong time ago....I'll be there wit ya really soon :-)

  6. Thank you Zoram. Time really flies, and before you know it your next big 0 will jump on you. Till then, stay beautiful.