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56, 25, 4 Marking Time

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For me, July is a month of marking and celebrating the passage of time. My birth date is July 5th, 1962. I was baptized as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on July 5th, 2014. My Narcotics Anonymous 'clean date' is July 6th, 1993 and I was confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints July 6th, 2014.

Since I have been very young, birthdays have been emotionally awkward for me. There has always been this odd mixture of desiring attention and recoiling from it at the same time. There have been periods in my past where I received many cards, presents and hundreds of Happy Birthday Facebook wishes. In my recent life, the acknowledgments of my birthday are few and far between. I do not post my birth date on Facebook and it has become a rare thing for friends to track the birth dates of others outside of Facebook. 
The experience of being relatively anonymous on my birthday is one that, like many of my experiences in the past few ye…