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.
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