A year isn’t very long but as I read through what I wrote for my last year’s birthday, I almost could not believe that a year has passed and here I am sitting in front of my desktop alone in my room have grown a year older but none wiser. This is what many of us do as we grow older, we flashback to the past years and recollect bittersweet memories. What things I would have done differently? I wish I had done that. Or I shouldn’t have done this. The rewind began at when I was in my sweet 16 when I first met my dearest mentor and the impact she has brought to my life. She even continued to influence me after I met the first man in my life who shared my youth for 3 and half years. In spite of the most two important people who had changed my life dramatically in varied ways before I turn 21, I do not think my innate characters have shifted even slightly. You might say it’s because I have not experienced life enough or at all, which I just could not agree enough as a idiom goes in Mandarin 「打鐵趁熱」”da3 tie3 chen4 re4 – Strike while the iron is hot”; being 21, the iron still burns to be forged. What do I know about life?
However, there is nothing I can think of that I would have done differently if I had a second chance. As a pessimistic, I have learned to embrace the idea of regarding everything as an experience or stepping stone prepared for later life and you make sure you do it right. Therefore, the only thing I regret is not having learned the lesson after having made a mistake once. Although they say sometimes it takes more than once or a life time to learn something from an error; I can be making the same mistake again and again for the rest of my life and learn nothing from it. The truth is, I too had been stupid enough to make the same mistake twice but wise enough to call it a lesson learned after the second round.
So I am now counting down the hours to turn 21 years old. I had no plans for tomorrow on July 21st. But yesterday morning at 2 o’clock, it occurred to me that I had to come up with something to mark this day special. Isn’t it how most of us are when we think we have to do something special such as treating yourself to a nice restaurant, buying yourself something you have wanted for a long time or throwing a party on our birthdays, not so much because we really want to? Therefore, I created on Facebook a dinner event for my birthday at one of my favorite restaurants in Taipei and I sent them to friends I know that are still in Taiwan; it saddened me that most of them, especially my close friends, are not here. As impromptu as this event popped out, most people will be either routinely stuck at work or retreated by the costly price (It’s about 900NTD). But do note that I have only been to this restaurant once which took place last year but hey, it’s my birthday! Is it a crime to take yourself out once a year on your special day? I understand if no one can make it because this invitation comes around at the last minute but I will still be there with me, myself and I regardless of it. You are more than welcome to join me if you happen to be in the neighborhood. Here is information of the restaurant:
The restaurant 餐廳名稱: Jogoya 上閤屋 (Neo 19)
Location 地點: 3F, No. 22, Songshou Rd, Taipei 台北巿松壽路22號3樓
Time 時間: 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 21st 2010
Price 價格: NTD798 + 10% service charge
我們.....不見，不散! Wo3men5 bu2jian4, bu2san4! – Be there or be square! :)