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Today's my 41st birthday, some reflections on life.
Today’s my birthday, I’m 41 years old. Here are some reflections.
When I was younger I heard that life begins at 40. I couldn’t imagine that. You’re old and out of touch. When I was a teen, my Dad was in his 40’s! Well now that I’m here, I’ve been 40 for a year and I must admit that being 40 is something to look forward to.
Here’s some thoughts, take them or leave them, or just write them off as the ramblings of an old (er) man.
When you are in your teens, no one takes you seriously, you don’t know anything, you don’t own anything and you have no idea what you are going to do with your life. You are more worried about what you are going to do this weekend.
When you are in your early 20’s, you have some education, hopefully, and you think you know everything but don’t have the wisdom to realize you still don’t know anything. You still don’t own anything and the older people still think of you as a kid and the kids think of you as old. But you do have an idea of what you are going to do with your life.
When you are 30 you are finally truly an adult, people take you seriously. Store clerks are calling you "Sir" and Relatives feel comfortable telling you dirty jokes. You finally own some stuff but you have acquired it by borrowing against your future income so you are working for the bills. You know some stuff and you first realize that you didn’t know anything when you were in your 20’s. But you do have some life experience under your belt; the, “been-there-done-that-won’t-do-it-again” type of stuff. You’re mid-career and starting to think seriously about retirement issues. If you’re going to career change you have to do it now, but you are going to compete against people in their early 20’s who still think $100 more a month is worth more than a pension plan.
Then 40 hits and now you are somebody. You have knowledge and experience and the wisdom to realize you still don’t have enough of either. You’ve been in your job long enough that you are considered an expert in your field and you are respected by people both younger and older than yourself. All of your bills are in order and you’ve got enough money that you can afford all the toys you wanted when you were in your teens. Wow! I guess my whole life has led up to this moment!
Now that I am in my 40’s, I’ve heard some of the older guys say that life begins at 60. Well I guess I’ll just have to see about that!
'79 308 GTS, '82 Jeep CJ7 Jamboree
"Time is what prevents everything from happening all at once."