Posts Tagged ‘lifeday’

Aught Lang Syne: What Josh Is Looking Forward To Next Decade

In a three part conclusion to Aught Lang Syne, we at NPI turn our attention away from the past and towards the future. Josh presents what he’s looking forward to in the Teens. Tim and John S’s posts on the matter will follow this afternoon.

In the Teens, I am looking forward to…

…The Next Film that Charlie Kaufman Writes and Directs: Charlie Kaufman (who looks kind of like Malcolm Gladwell, doesn’t he?) wrote arguably the best film of the Aughts, despite what John S doesn’t have to say. Being John Malkovich, a great film too, just missed the Aughts, and he wrote the screenplay for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, one of the better films of the Aughts. And, Adaptation ain’t too shabby either. Wired has rightly pegged Kaufman as Hollywood’s brainiest screenwriter, and the themes and developments in his movies force you to consider and reconsider psychological and cognitive scientific assumptions. And, he seems to have a knack for generating excellent acting performances (see Sam Rockwell in Confessions, Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine, and Catherine Keener in Being John Malkovich, among others).   Kaufman wrote one film this decade—Synecdoche, NYwhich tried very hard to be groundbreaking and innovative but unfortunately bordered on incomprehensibility. But, Kaufman is too talented not to try again and it may just result in one of the best movies of the Teens.

…Whether Lacrosse Becomes a Major Sport: I’m finally reading The Tipping Point, which has gotten me thinking about what’s going to tip in a variety of domains. Of course, much of tipping is due to luck—though not arbitrary luck—which is why I’m so intrigued about whether lacrosse is going to become a major sport. Bill Simmons implies that it is going to tip soon, largely because it’s a safer sport than football. If it does, this would be the first time a sport—not initially major—has became a major sport in a VERY long time, arguably since basketball in the 1950s. Although, I sincerely hope it doesn’t come at the expense of football, which has become in recent years, unquestionably, my favorite sport to watch.
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Summer Birthdays

A few weeks ago, Josh asked why birthdays seem to become less enjoyable over time and wondered if separating the “age” part of the birthday from the “celebration” part would impede this trend.

While I think his idea of a “lifeday” is an admirable suggestion (if unfortunately named), I think he oversimplifies the problems that come with birthdays for adults. Anyone with a summer birthday, like myself, can attest to this fact.

Summer birthday kids have an entirely different birthday experience than the rest of you. I remember in kindergarten, everyone in my class got to have a party and bring in Dunkin Donuts Munchkins on their birthday. Coming to the realization that my birthday did not fall on a school day and that it would therefore pass unrecognized and donut hole-less was very traumatizing for me. My mom and my teacher decided to get together and throw me a party during the school year, like a month before my actual birthday, but even at five I thought that was fucking ridiculous.

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You say it’s your birthday…?

When you were a child, do you remember the sense of exhilaration you used to feel the morning of your birthday? I was always extremely confused when my older relatives would express a lack of enthusiasm when their birthdays came around: “How could you not be thrilled??? It’s your birthday, Grandma!!!”

As people get older, their birthdays become less exciting. I think there are two main reasons for this: 1. There is a sense of wondrous pleasure that is much easier to induce in children than in adults (or as co-blogger John S. calls it “pure joy”). A birthday—a celebration of you—sparks this wondrous pleasure. This is not as easy to spark when we get older. 2. At a certain point, people simply do not enjoy getting older, especially women. Sure, at 9, it’s pretty cool to turn 10 (although, I didn’t quite get the fuss over double-digits at the time). However, most people do not have positive feelings toward age increases after 21, but the exact age at which this occurs depends on the individual and her circumstances. Regardless, youth is something that is cherished and each yearly increase in age reminds us that our youth is dissipating, or has dissipated entirely.
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