September 6, 2012

Overcome Your Fear of the Birthday Song.

Photo: Ed Yourdon

This is #28 of 108 Ways to Livin’ the Moment. Let’s take back our lives one beautiful, funny and delicious moment at a time.

#28 of 108: Overcome Your Fear of Mexican Serenades

“No wise man every wished to be younger.” ~ Jonathan Swift

“The best way to remember your wife’s birthday is to forget it once.” ~ E. Joseph Cassman

“The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge, while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse.” ~ Carlos Castaneda

Mexa-Cumplianos-Serenada-Phobia is the fear of being serenaded by multiple waiters wearing sombreros in a Mexican restaurant on your birthday.

There is also Fragapane Phobia, which is fear of celebrating a birthday.

All over the web, you see stories of people who fear the birthday song.

One person said,

“The first time I could remember the [fear] clearly was at a birthday party for a fellow student in Kindergarten. I was fine and having fun until the first notes of “that song.” I ran away crying when they sang and hid in their bathroom.”

Another explained,

“My four-year-old son is terrified of the Happy Birthday song. At a party, his anxiety clearly starts when there is talk of doing the cake (he knows what comes with that). He physiologically freaks out, starts hyperventilating, crying.”

For some, expressing and receiving love is very uncomfortable. It brings up old memories, fears, issues.

But a Momenteer knows that every human encounter poses a challenge. Even amidst blinding conditions, she is on a hellbent-third-Grade-Capture-the-Flag-like-mission to touch another’s heart.

So today, if you don’t know someone who is celebrating a birthday, look on Facebook and find someone, pick up the phone and sing them the gosh darn Birthday Song.



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