I never notice when my birthday is coming up. But when it arrives, I love it. I love to take a huge birthday trip and then come back and have a whole bunch of little parties all over town with different groups of people. It's like how Christmas is for most people - a time when everyone gets together.
Sometimes you just need reminders that your friends exist beyond emails and texts and that you should see them. So I reach out on their birthdays and they reach out on mine, guaranteeing that we see each other at least twice per year - which is no easy feat in this bustling city.
I think also because my birthday is so close to the 4th of July, it's always fun because I get to detonate things.
But you can keep the gifts - I don't want to owe you shit.