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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Birthdays

"I'll be on your side forevermore," That's What Friends Are For by Stevie Wonder, Dione Warwick and Elton John.

Yup. Birthdays. The anniversary of you coming into the world.

Typically, on this joyous and special day, most of us would expect people to flood our Facebook walls with happy birthday wishes, some birthday wish text messages, cake, presents, food and some more cake. The day would be all about the person who was born on that day.


That's what most of us would expect. Admit it, if not one person wished you "happy birthday" on your birthday, you would get pretty pissed (or really sad, depending on what kind of person you are). If your boyfriend didn't remember your birthday, it would be a good enough reason for you to break up with him. If not one person posted a "HB :D" on your wall (because you decided to test your friends by not revealing your birth date on your profile), in the middle of the night, you would post a status along the lines of "Thanks A LOT guys. Now I know how much I'm appreciated. Don't bother saying sorry to me tomorrow. You're all dead to me." Or something like that.

But let's take a step back and think about this for a second people. Shouldn't anniversary celebrations be about our victories or past achievements? Don't we celebrate Merdeka Day to remember the past struggles of our forefathers in gaining our independence? When we were born, what did we achieve? What did we do that was SO important that it had to be remembered year after year? What did we do on that day that deserved , even demanded annual congratulatory wishes from others?
Isn't the most deserved person to be celebrated during our birthday is the "heroine" herself? The one who struggled for 9 months and 10 days with the extra 'luggage' in her tummy, yeah, her. The person who cheated death while delivering the baby. The one who suffered bruises and cuts just to make sure that her labour of love see the light 'at the end of the tunnel'. Even if the doctor delivering the baby asks her "Ma'am, the situation is critical. We can only either save the baby or save the mother. Whom might we choose, Ma'am?" and without even a pause to think she would answer "SAVE MY BABY PLEASE!!". Isn't this is the real "heroine"? Don't you think that we should remember her the most each time our birthday comes a calling? Doesn't SHE deserves our accolades the most?

So, if our next birthday comes by, (note that it's an "if", not a "when") instead of asking her for gifts or treats at the nearest Resipi Rahsia or Market Ikan Manhattan, stop to think about it. Who is the most deserving person to receive a gift? Who should be given a cake and treated to their favourite meal instead?

Let's think about it.

May peace be upon you.

Cheers!

26 comments:

AxraZa said...

well said. and soo very true..tp jarang kita nk pikir macam tu. thanx =)

Dear Yayah said...

takde apa yg bole aku sangkal . setuju sangat . hang buat aku tersedar . thanks a lot :)

Han Hanan said...

erm maybe .mum is the one who sacrifice their life to see us happy

hafizah radzi said...

agree!

lavea said...

betul...sangat setuju!
jasa mak pada kita xterkira.

TraH said...

salam w.b.t

hmmm... that's true.. btw.. today is my mum's birthday.. so i wish her hepi besday.. i love her so much damn... ur the great mum that i ever have... thank ALLAH for give her to me.

wassalam.

UNA budak BAEQ said...

sumpah tak penah terpikir T_______T
tskk thankz for remindering .

i <3 u ibu

♥ julie zulkilee ♥™ said...

Assalamualaikum anwar. yeahh, totally agree with u. we should give the tribute to our mother. thanx for sharing ur sound opinion. i appreciate it :)

=YunChanKhalid= said...

my bestfriend used to tell me: she told her mother , what present will you give to me for my birthday,?" when they were having fun together, and her mother said " but why should it be you who will get the present! it should be me okay, who gave born to you! HAhA, then they laughed together. they were just making joke, but then, THAT matter keep crossing my mind after the 'tragedy'. . HAHA,

kambing said...

Owh selama ini kita dah tersilap meraikan hari lahir... Kesian mak kita kan? Org yg sepatutnya diraikan tidak diraikan.. Mulai tahun ini kita semua kena betulkan balik apa yang dah dibudayakan selama ini..
:)

fifa nadz said...
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sue perbs.. said...

oh thanks anwar hadi kerana telah membuka minda sy... setuju sngt2..

Cha Gloxinia said...

Nice entry. Anwar Hadi makes me realize. Before this, i never think bout this. Mama, im so sorry. I dont appreciate what you have sacrificed for me even when my birthday's coming I ask for a gift from you and I'll make muka yang sgt buruk if my demand had not been fulfilled.

:(

feeQajamal said...

my exact sentiments. well written. :)

Inche Vampire said...

yeah! it's so true..

milimilo said...

surely my mom deserves something on my birthday starting from this years and onwards. ^^

NSA AW. said...

tersentap saya. thnks bro. ^^
keep on writing. <3

Maryam Kamal said...

maka, kaum ibu yang ada anak ramai supposed to be very lucky la kan?

:)

TeAqArH said...

^_^...hur,btol sgt tu...tnpa ibu n bapa,kite xkn ada kt dunia ni..mereka yg ptot diraikan....

Affina Fatin said...

That is ssoooo True. OMG, havent thought about it. ThnX! GREAT post anwar!

ayeFH said...

yeah..
ibu kita la yg kna kita clebrate..
without her, we're NOTHING!

I wong (依之汉) said...

baru cek web anwarhadi ni. Terkejut followers mencecah 5k! Wow! Kalah blog http://aididmuaddib.blogspot.com/.

Congratulations to AnwarHadi! This means your blog have something in common to Malaysian readers. Good job.

That is what it called 'the power of social networks'

Sarah Khan said...

salam ;)

well,i might be pissed off if someone can't remember my birthday. it's just happened once in a year right so i wished a pleasant celebration from the loved ones.

fadz said...

i really agree with your opinion that make me conscious about the sacrifices that my mak did to me. thanks bro.:)

nina said...

hahhaha... resipi rahsia..... market ikan manhattan.... ~ sye dr rumah ank yatim guar perahu... haahahahahaaa

Hasya said...

all I have to say is, THANK YOU for reminding! :)