Twitter. Its detractors are fond of painting a picture of an echo chamber; all narcissism and no real value. I had a slightly bleak moment earlier which I immediately bruited on Twitter:
Oh god. The realisation that it’s my thirty third birthday tomorrow has just hit me like a truck. Console me, Twitter.
Out of the thirty-ish replies, twelve of them contained sage counsel, I got one piece of bad advice, five generous and charming compliments, three insults, the possibility of a marital spat and a birthday card from a robot. I couldn’t have asked for anything more…I may be bidding my youth a fond farewell, but as usual, Twitter serves to remind me that I’m not alone; all human experience is understood and shared in a way that’s really quite humbling. Thanks, chaps.
I’ll be taking the bad advice, naturally.
.@franksting @acatinatree If you cope with your “Album” birthday (33-and-a-third), great! …but wait for your “Single” birthday at 45
SarahPea @acatinatree didn’t ya hear that in 2010, u get to minus 10? Happy 23rd birthday!!
BurroughsBot RT @bimyou_bimyou @acatinatree you’ll be the same age as William S. Burroughs when he died? (I was never very good at the consolation …
franksting @acatinatree wait until you hit thirty three and a third (I had a birthday party for that), btw
hopeinhell @acatinatree i’m 38. so shut up. do you feel consoled?
helenperris @smperris And you say you don’t know how to flirt. (cc @acatinatree)
MetalheadMick @acatinatree Hey, we share a birthday(tomorrow’s my 23rd) It’s a proven fact people born on 31st of July in a year ending with 7 are awesome
bimyou_bimyou @acatinatree you’ll be the same age as William S. Burroughs when he died? (I was never very good at the consolation game…)
smperris @acatinatree 33? Pretty young thing like you? Surely not.
karalee_ @acatinatree oh sweetie, was going to cheer you up with this: http://bit.ly/aXIeN6 but then realised you’re 2 years past your peak
LucieSnape @acatinatree it will be a good 364 days until you have to think about it again! Hope u have a wonderful day! Embrace being 33 yrs young!
shoes_off @acatinatree you’re hotter than Jesus.
andrewbarnett @acatinatree When you’re my age, you won’t remember your 33rd birthday…
JoelyRighteous @acatinatree There, there, would a walking frame help?
bernardk @acatinatree if it’s any consolation, you’ve just made me feel old!
voirol @acatinatree Spring chicken!
mab397 @acatinatree when you feel 84 on Sunday, 33 won’t seem so bad
Bruman7 @acatinatree Haha you’re a day older than me ya old boiler!
rambn @acatinatree technically, I think you can’t be upset until you hit 40
damana @acatinatree My god! I am 33 and 11 months and wish i was as fabulous as you on my 33rd. You are brilliant, witty, articulate and gorgeous!
nickspurway @acatinatree QUICK. TO THE VODKA
Opheli8 @acatinatree I’m older than you!