thoughts on 40

It is customary to evaluate things periodically, and birthdays seem as good an arbitrary date as any. This is especially true on a decade boundary, because even though it is completely arbitrary and it is “round” only as a side effect of having 10 fingers, it seems like as a good enough time as any to assess.

The last 10 years have been eventful. In my thirties, I:

  • met my wife
  • became a father (three times)
  • produced and directed a movie
  • changed jobs twice (both times for the better)
  • lost many friends
  • kept some fantastic ones
  • gained a few new ones
  • read a lot of books
  • admitted to myself and everyone else that I am an atheist and a secular humanist
  • rode thousands of miles on my bike
  • bought a house
  • wrote and delivered my first eulogy
  • left North America for the first time
  • switched to Apple
  • voted for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in my life

It’s been a busy decade. Overall, I think it was my best so far. I had a lot of plans, but I also accomplished a bunch of things that were never on my list when I started the decade. Funny how life can change what is important to you and guide you to decisions that you wouldn’t normally think you’d arrive at if you didn’t take the journey.

I have a lot of ideas of what I want to accomplish in the next 10 years. I now need to coordinate those plans with four other people, but I don’t think that will be a problem. Together I think we can make my 40s even better than my 30s!!!