Above all else, there is one day where I go above and beyond to avoid contact from anyone.
That day is my birthday.
Today is that day.
In the past 25 years, I have told a single person my birthday. My non-celebration of my birthday, deliberately keeping this bit of information from everybody except for one person that knows I can't stand being reminded of it, is itself old enough to drink.
I've been berated on more than one occasion because I refused to say when my birthday was at work. On one occasion, someone with access to my personnel file said they could just look it up and tell everyone. I responded by threatening a HIPAA lawsuit if they did. That is how far I will go to keep people from knowing, acknowledging that day. I can't stand surprise parties, cakes, presents, people giving me the attention that comes with it, and ESPECIALLY being anything remotely in the vicinity of the center of attention.
One may ask, if this is such a big deal, why I said what it is here... It doesn't matter here. I have no connection to anyone. Anyone that, knowing how I feel, does what I despise, I can just ignore or block them. The only reason anyone would do it, knowing how I feel, would be to provoke me regardless.
I've never seen the significance of a birthdate, anyways... What does it matter whether I was born on this day years ago, or the day before, or the day after.. It is nothing but an artificial construct that I want nothing to do with.
That's all. I just had to vent.