I turned to 29 years old on February 5th. Every year on my birthday, I remember what one of my friends told me when they celebrated my birthday in Vancouver, Canada.
I studied in Vancouver for a year as an exchange student during 2010-2011 and reached my 20th birthday there. Some of my Japanese friends there took me to a fancy sushi place since turning to 20 years old is a big thing in Japan.
When we were talking after the sushi dinner, one of my friends who was a bit tipsy suddenly started talking to me passionately.
“Daiki, you know what? People celebrate birthday and of course that’s great, but birthday is also a day when you should thank your parents, especially mom.”
That blew my mind in a positive way.
On birthday people usually focus on what they can get, such as presents, surprise, and party, and nothing is wrong with it.
However, I found the idea of showing an appreciation to your parents on your birthday so sweet, important and reasonable.
Since then, I at least try to text or call to my parents to tell my appreciation every year on my birthday and will continue doing that too.
THANKS DAD AND MOM AND HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO ME!