One fact that I remember is that Schroeder never went to school on Beethoven’s birthday. Not his own, mind you, but Beethoven’s. Such was his devotion to the long-deceased composer that he placed Ludwig’s birthday above his own in importance.
I am sure many children have asked if they had to go to school on their birthdays, just as I am sure most parents would say “of course.” Because my birthday is today, I always got a break from school. I didn’t even have to ask. The only problem with the date, if indeed it was a problem, was that often my friends were away so it wasn’t always easy to get a group together to celebrate.
Now, the importance of my own birthday has paled in comparison to that of my children. While I, too, make them go to school on their birthday, I place their birthdays above my own.
Where is this leading you say? Sometimes you have to take time away from work and celebrate the little things. It is okay to acknowledge the date to other people. Not to look for congratulations or gifts, but just to move yourself up the rungs of importance. It is too easy to immerse yourself in what everyone else, including all your clients, wants, that you forget you.
So what’s so special about today? Me, that’s what. I still have to go to work, but I will be singing myself the birthday song while I am at the computer.