I am going to be 29 this Sunday, September 8. While I enjoy and look forward to this day every year, it also bums me out kind of. I know and realize I am getting older and therefor, closer to the grave. But I try not to think about that or take that into account. I try to enjoy the moment as best I can.

So for my birthday this year, I will be in Philadelphia. I am seeing Brandi Carlile tomorrow (September 6, 2019) at the Mann Center. She has been to Merriweather 2 or 3 times in the last 2 years and every time she has been there, I have missed her. I enjoy Indie rock and Brandi Carlile is no exception. Probably my favorite song by her is called The Joke. I will attach a link to the song so you can check it out for yourselves. She is probably most well known for her song The Story. For a while, that was the only song I knew by her. I thought it was a “good” song but didn’t know who sang it for the longest time. So after I “discovered” who Brandi Carlile was, I fell in love with her musical style.

She also does some great covers. She usually closes her set with a cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah…at least from what I have seen on YouTube. This will be my first time seeing her, so it’ll be interesting to see if she closes her set with it. She also does a kickass version of Going to California by Led Zeppelin. I think it might be because of one of two things. One: she doesn’t have enough original songs to fill a two-hour slot. Or two: she is honoring the greats she listened to starting out. Or maybe it’s a combination of the two.

So I am excited for my birthday this year. I think on my actual birthday, I am spending it with the love of my life. I am really looking forward to spending my birthday—the actual day—with Allie! I love my family, don’t get me wrong, but I see them every day. I like to change things up. Sorry guys… I have never spent my birthday with Allie and I think it’ll make for a special day.

I have a lot of memorable birthday experiences, but I cherish each one. I am grateful for every year I am still here and still standing. I know that my time will come one day, but for now, I am enjoying life and living the Hell out of it! I make the most of the time I have.

I also like the fact that my birthday is “my” day. I don’t mean to sound egotistical, but September 8 revolves around me every year in my family. It’s my special day. Let me have at least one. Everyone deserves at least one. I remember when my mom was pregnant with my youngest sister, Abbey, she told me I might have to share my birthday with my “new” sister. I remember getting really upset. “NO! That’s my birthday!” But Abbey was born on my Dad’s birthday so I feel better now. Abbey shares her “special” day with my Dad and not me. I am ok with that. Not that I don’t love Abbey, but I like “me” time. Again, that’s not meaning to sound selfish. It’s just that my birthday is a special day for me.

Especially seeing all the stuff I have gone through in my life—heart surgery, a broken arm, a dog attack, a pacemaker, etc.—I’d say 29 years is a pretty good run. Again, I cherish every moment I have. So here’s to me on my birthday. Cheers!
If you think I am being self-centered, feel free to comment and let me know. But hey…you are the one that decided to read this all the way through. Anyway, thanks for reading!



Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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