that's a hint, saying to focus on the date. it could also be read as 23 - 20 = 3, aka ▲, but let's not get into the illuminati shit - we're not freaks
2 + 3 = 5
my feet and hands have 5 fingers, connection confirmed
move to the next step, the month
1 + 2 = 3
▲ shows up again, but this is a false positive because then everybody born in december would be illuminati confirmed which would be too fucking easy
now, the year. we'll break it up into 2 sets of digits - 19 and 88 - because we were working with 2 digits per step until now and there's no reason to change the pace
1 + 9 = 10
since the intent of these additions is to end up with single digit numbers, we'll just assume this as 0
8 + 8 = 8
there's always a twist at the end, so the last numbers must be processed differently. there are at least two hints - same digit twice, and it being 88 specifically. 88 could be read as a holla at hitler, and being part jewish, i have always felt a weird tingly feeling when i read or just even remembered my birthdate... like it must be a sign, you know? so i can't just accept it as 8 + 8 = 16, something tells me this has to run deeper.
but why 8? because if "88" is "8eil 8itler", then "8" would be just "H", and that can mean anything which is perfect because this shit is all about loose ends. it could even mean Hitler. and both Hero and Heroin start with H, and i have to like, make a choice. it just fits really well with where i am in life at this point in time, this must be a Hint telling me that everything is in my Hands.
also, my name is michael, which is mikhail in russian. maybe the correct spelling is mikHEIL? the idea of key information being forever lost in translation has always fascinated me.
but anyway, we end up with this:
this whole thing being triggered by an american person, and me having so many contacts or even friends from america can not be a coincidence either, so switching this to the american format makes sense