July 24, 2011

The big 4 Oh man, I’m old.

The past 10 years have been fairly good to me.  I’ve gone from newlywed to veteran husband.  I’ve moved to a new town, began a new career, bought a couple of cars, bought a house and… had three beautiful kids.

Of course, I’ve aged 10 years, lost a bit more hair (okay, a lot more hair) and the hair I have left has gone from jet-black to earl-gray.  No doubt about it, I’m getting older.

This past decade – my 30′s – was the decade I figured a lot out.  I figured out who I am and what’s important to me.  I’ve established a career that I enjoy and that I’ve performed fairly well in.  I’ve experienced unprecedented joy and incredible pain and I’ve come out stronger.  I found out I love being a father, learning about leadership and writing about my kids. And, of course, I found out that loving your wife is truly a gift.

In my 20′s, I didn’t know much but got by with enthusiasm and brains.  In my 30′s, I gained experience and perspective.  Now, on the first day of my 40′s, I’m actually excited for the coming decade.  This will be the decade that I make a difference.  Swee’Pea and TheMonk will be well into their teen years by the time I turn 50.  m&m will be entering the tween years.  I’ll be 20 years into my career and have another 10 years to convince my wife she really did make a good decision when marrying me.

So, bring it on, 40′s.  I’m ready.  My 30′s made sure of that.

5 Comments

  1. Happy birthday (again)! It makes my head hurt to think of the kids as teenagers – though I’m sure that yours will be very cute ones. :)

    Comment by Deanna — July 24, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

  2. Happy Birthday!! I hit that milestone about 10 days ago and welcomed with it everything I had. These are going to be the GOOD years. I just know it.

    Comment by Kate — July 25, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

  3. Happy birthday!

    Comment by amy ebel — July 27, 2011 @ 5:20 am

  4. It’s constantly a learning experience. Every time I think I have it figured out, in retrospect I realize I didn’t have a clue. Sometimes I rejoice in things done right, other times I fail miserably. But I learn. At least you could (and can) get by with enthusiasm and brains! Happy Birthday and Congrats on another decade well done!

    Comment by Aunt Raina — July 27, 2011 @ 8:14 am

  5. Congratulations and happy birthday! I hit that number in January. The shock wears off eventually. ;-)

    Comment by Sonya — July 29, 2011 @ 9:41 am

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