It only takes a moment, a hand full of words and the intent, whether it be malicious or innocent.... we hurt one another on the daily. Words hurt and they can change the course of a life in an instant. We have to be responsible with our actions, they matter more than we realize.
For many of us birthdays are a national holiday. It should be a national holiday for us all. The day we were brought into this world is special, well noteworthy at least, in our own minds. So every year, though many of try to deny, we want to celebrate, but often life has a more sour twist planned for the occasion. It can help to remind yourself that... it's just another day... creeping closer to death.