None of my birthdays hit me hard. The occasion of a birthday has never been monumental for me. It’s never been as sad as losing a job or a girlfriend or a community. I’ve never been as sad about my birthday as I have about the loss of another Dallas Cowboys season without a Super Bowl victory.

I lost my health at age 22, so after that, I had no more illusions about youth. Turning 30 and 40 was no way as significant as spending 1988-1994 in bed.

My hair started turning grey after I moved to Los Angeles in 1994. I was 27 and I started using Grecian Formula.

Dennis Prager says that 30 was the toughest birthday for him because it meant that he was no longer a kid.

I’ve never celebrated my birthdays. I’ve never done anything special for them. I like it when other people pay me attention, whether it is for my birthday or for my good looks or for my awesome Torah insights. It’s all good. I like back rubs and ego rubs and free meals and presents.

I know you’re thinking, oh, the Moral Leader, he’s so holy. He could never understand a sinner like me. It’s not true. The Leader understands.

Dennis Prager said on his show Aug. 3: “What’s the first birthday is not an unalloyed joy? It’s 30. At 30, it hit me that I am not a kid anymore. You can delude yourself in your 20s.”

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see My work has been covered in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and on 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (
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