This Neurotic Man suffers through many days he can’t stand such as Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving and Independence Day but none is as horrifying as his own birthday. On all the other holidays, friends and family gather to make festive sounds and appearances and good cheer but on my birthday all those things happen and is directed toward me.
No matter how difficult it is I find it important to let everyone know (that I know) how much I appreciate their gift and sentiments and good cheer. Such communication is exhausting. This month not only did I have to suffer through that poseur, the Donald, becoming President, but I also had to suffer through my birthday.
The scary thing about birthdays is that I am getting quite old which means I won’t have many more occasions to do it right and not disappoint my circle of friends and family. Yet I can’t seem to do that.
So I did what I do best and researched my problem online
the fear of celebrating a birthday- one who does not wish for anyone, including family and friends, to acknowledge or celebrate their birthday.
Dave: Hey Frank – we’re going to dinner in the village for your birthday- wanna come?
Frank: it’s not my birthday, f–k you.
Lisa: Dude, that guy has Fragapane Phobia- just leave him alone and we’ll all go out for his birthday.” http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=fragapane%20phobia
I like the urban dictionary, but I wish they would mine their own business.
“Avoidant personality disorder (AvPD), also known as anxious personality disorder, is a Cluster C personality disorder. Those affected display a pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy and inferiority, extreme sensitivity to negative evaluation, and avoidance of social interaction despite a strong desire to be close to others. Individuals with the disorder tend to describe themselves as uneasy, anxious, lonely, unwanted and isolated from others. The behavior typically begins by early adulthood, and occurs across a variety of situations.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avoidant_personality_disorder
Screw them! I am not a name or a number or something like that. Mishorder, disorder, does everything have to be labeled?