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.


  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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