I know so many people who say they want to 'go quietly.' Or you'll hear someone - birthday girl or guy - say "Oh, I don't need anything..." (Yes, I'm guilty of this.) You need it. And your friends need this celebration, too.
Each life is unique with its own series of important life events. In a world with Twitter and "In Your Face" media, you and yours are the Stars of your life. So, please, enjoy your life - do lunch, brunch, dinner, and Sunday Supper whenever you can.
Email and snail mail cards for all occasions.
Light candles, sing songs.
Get out there and party. Because every life needs a way to mark time. Life markers to remind us how far we've come, what we have accomplished, and who we love. Places and dates where we can look out and observe the changing of the guard and the beginning and ending of things. So go to those graduations, showers, weddings, birthday parties, funerals, memorials services, Christmas open houses, New Years parties, and retirement ceremonies. Make time to stop and visit with friends at the nearest bar, tea room, or coffee house.
Even if you live to be 100 life is short.
Celebrate every time you get a chance.