So, what does “Life” Day celebrate? The day that your life began, of course.
This afternoon, while driving in the Jeep with my wife and boys, my six-year-old starting talking about his second favorite day — his birthday. (Christmas still ranks at the top.)
The conversation went something like this:
“When I turned three, it felt like I was four. And when I turned four, I felt like I was five. Right now, I feel like I’m seven,” my six-year old explained. “This year, I guess I’m going to feel like I’m eight!”
“Well, buddy,” I replied. “You kind of are a year older because you lived inside Mommy for 10 months.”
Our discussion latest for another five minutes. During, I explained to my six-year old, who feels like he’s seven, how my dad explained to me how he encountered certain cultures, through his career, that actually celebrated their first birthday as their second for that reason. (Though I never confirmed this.)
I turned to my wife and said, “That’s something people who are Pro-Life should be doing.”
Then, I rationalized, since life begins at conception we should celebrate THAT day as one’s first birthday. My wife and I talked biology briefly as she explained how a human pregnancy is really 38 weeks, not 40, as most are told. (I’ll spare you from the science right now.)
So, if you want to figure out your real birthday, you simply more forward on a calendar 12 weeks (or 84 days) from the date of your birth and there you’ll find the date of your real birthday.
For those who need help, here’s the math: 52-38 = 14 weeks or 14 x 7 = 98. If you want to avoid the math altogether, go to this Reverse Due Date Online Calculator.
Or you can just count back 38 weeks (or 266) from the day you were born. Preference is yours. I prefer to move forward not backwards.
So, there you have it. Your new birthday!
“But wait,” I added. “That wouldn’t be your “birth” day because you’re not born on that day. It’s your conception day. It’s the day your life began.
“Hey! Why don’t we call it Life Day.”
So, Happy Life Day. My Life Day is May 19th!
I guess next I’ll have to come up with an astrological calender that compliments our real life experiences. There’s already a song. Star Wars fans enjoy!
James Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com