After work, the office coworkers took me to happy hour, then some more coworkers bought me drinks. The following day, I was definitely hungover but I powered through, did errands and went to the gym. After that, I had a date on my birthday!?! Hah you can do what you want right? It went really well with someone of non-conventional beauty as I realized I was often trying to please others with who I dated instead of just myself.
Throughout the day, I got more calls, texts, and Facebook posts than any other birthday. Also, I had a nice little crowd at my birthday & even got a gift! The gift was a excerpt a student had written about their favorite teacher. The excerpt was about me from a student who I often have difficulty with. Apparently, he listens to all the advice I give him and wants me to continue to staying on top of him. As such, this is why I teach, for the moments when the students really understand and appreciate what I do for them.
Anyways, after dinner at Blue Smoke that has BBQ from all the regions, we met up with another coworker at a strange little Tribeca bar, Ward 3 (next barhop may include it), who had people with my birthday and pretty good music.
Overall, the best thing about this birthday is how I felt like I was a better person. More people genuinely said happy birthday to me, I paid for my dinner and for my date earlier, and I just wanted to celebrate everyone's good fortune. I just felt like I've grown as a person and I've actually become a better person that more people appreciate.
Thanks to everyone who said happy birthday and I truly feel loved and appreciated that people acknowledge how I've grown.