Thanks to everyone for their kind words and well wishes on my 39th birthday. Many of you out there are thinking, "This guy is just a baby." Others are thinking, "I can't believe he is that old."
Yes, that is because 39 is smack in the middle of middle age.
I had a great birthday this weekend and today with my family friends. On Saturday, we went to Black Bottle Bellevue and then went to see the "Life of Pi" in 3-D. Stunning movie. I definitely recommend it. I thought it dragged a little in the middle, but it was a good movie and very true to the book. Yesterday, my kids prepared for my birthday baking me a cake. Today, my cousin was in town from Chicago and we ordered from one of our favorite restaurants called Araya Vegetarian Thai Food in Bellevue, WA.
Some general and random thoughts on my birthday:
- FaceBook is pretty amazing: More than 160 people took time out of their day to wish me a Happy Birthday. I have 1,400 friends on Facebook. That means 11% of my FaceBook friends stopped by to say hello. That is really amazing. The people who added pictures and the text art really stood out to me. Thanks to everyone.
- 39 feels a lot like 40. I am not sure if this just because everyone keeps saying 40 is right around the corner or if 40 is just another sign of mortality. I joked with my wife that 39 marks the half point in my life and the average American male's life. In every joke, there is a bit of truth. My mother and father greeted me with a "Welcome to the club!" last night.
- My body is catching up and slowing down: I used to play volleyball pretty competitively in college. The kids are older now and I finally have some time to work out, so I started playing volleyball competitively again. After two seasons playing twice a week, both shoulders are stiff and I have injured my right hand and both feet. The other day I hurt my left shoulder shampooing my hair. It's the beginning of a slow decline.
- Self-awareness: Though my body is not cooperating with me, I am much more at peace with who I am. After 39 years, I am finally starting to realize that I am good at some things, but bad at others. I really enjoy some things and despise others. When I was younger, I would immediately try to change myself. Now I know there that I am really good at a lot of things and in certain situations. I am more apt to walk away from opportunities which are just not a fit. I will continue to seek problems and situations where I can add a lot of value.
- People: We have heard it. We know it. Life is all about the people you work with and live with. I want to work with people that I like and respect. Life is too short to spend so much time with anyone you don't like and respect. I am very happy I have made the choices I have made.
- Family: And most of all, family makes it ALL worthwhile.
Thanks to all my friends, family and co-workers for a great year. Thanks to all the professionals on ActiveRain, at Market Leader, and all of our real estate partners for a great 2012!