What it means to be born on 29 February

Born on 29th February

Birthdays mean a lot to me because mine comes around every 4 years. I was born on a leap day, 29th of February.

Yes I am a leapling, leaper or leap year baby, whichever you choose to call those born on this special and rare day.

It’s 10 days before my birthday and the excitement has reached its peak already. I’m so pleased that this year 2020 is a leap year.

You have no idea how happy and joyful I am. I’m truly grateful that I have a date to claim as mine this year 2020.

I do have mixed feelings as I begin to countdown to my birthday. I’m beginning to think about waiting another 4 years before my birth date appears on the calendar again.

4 years is a long time to wait to feel normal. But as I grow older I understand better that I’m not abnormal but uniquely normal and God loves me.

My husband also always says, everyday is a day to celebrate, and I can choose any day of the year to celebrate my birthday. I guess looking at it from that angle, helps to give it a different meaning.

As someone born on 29 February, I grew up with the belief that I’m unusually different and and my older sister sure did make that message sink in. She will frequently tease me and tell me “you are a child with an incomplete month”.

When do you actually celebrate your birthday?

People often ask me, ‘When do you actually celebrate your birthday’?

As a child I felt sad watching other children celebrate and I was just always forgotten when it came to birthdays as the day skips or ‘leaps’ from 28 February to 01 March.
I have always loved February and still do, so for birthday I claim my month is February.

I love February. I was born in February, on the last day of February, so on non-leap years I have every right to claim 28 February. It’s so delightful to receive greetings and birthday wishes on 28 February for non-leap years.

Having said that it still feels like a borrowed day celebrating on 28 February.
In responding to the question: What it means to be born on 29 February or what it feels like to be born on a leap day?

My feelings have evolved over the years starting with an unhappy/sad feeling as a child and teenager, to acceptance as a young adult and JOY as I look forward to my ‘13th birthday’ in 2020 (and no I am not 13 years old!).

My first answer now in my mature years is: it’s Divine and I embrace it as part of whom God has created me to be.

My second answer is: Value. I understand the value of time in a profound way; and appreciate birthdays in general.


I Value Time, as reflected in the write up below – author unknown.

“To realise the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.

To realise the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.

To realise the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realise the value of ONE DAY, ask the person who was born on February 29.

To realise the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realise the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.

To realise the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.

To realise the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.”

Enjoy who you are

The bottom line is regardless of where and when you were born,

You are Special.
I’m special.
We all are.

Enjoy who you are.
I am now enjoying who I am and that is what it’s like to be born on 29 February.

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