On this day in 1874, GK Chesterton was born - I nearly let it slip without a quote:
first fact about the celebration of a birthday is that it is a way of
affirming defiantly, and even flamboyantly, that it is a good thing to
be alive….But there is a second fact about Birthdays, and the birth-song
of all creation, a fact which really follows on this; but which, as it
seems to me, the other school of thought almost refuses to recognize.
The point of that fact is simply that it is a fact. In being glad about
my Birthday, I am being glad about something which I did not myself