XL Approaches

So we’re about a month away from my 40th birthday and, like every other person who’s ever turned 40, I’m left here wondering how the hell it happened.  Because it was certainly while I wasn’t looking.

I mean, I just turned 30…  Didn’t I?

30thbdaynanaNo, Greybeard…  You didn’t.
[Taken at my 30th birthday party @ Onion Creek]


I guess it’s as good a time as any to take stock of my life.  I’m in good health.  I have a beautiful and kindly wife.  A thriving daughter.  A great job.  Nice house.  Functioning automobiles.  A slowly burgeoning savings account.
Honestly, I’m not in want of anything at all.  (Well, almost nothing.)

Perhaps I should instead consider the things I’ve done and, more importantly, left undone.  Formulate one of those bucket lists.  I hear that’s what people do?  They fashion an itemized & actionable manifest, probably in Microsoft Excel, with entries like, climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, see the Aurora Borealis, buy a Porsche, purchase life insurance, golf more…


Perhaps I should just leave my livestock alone (nod to Grosse Pointe Blank), and just keep doing what I’m doing.

Yeah, you know what?  F^ck the buckets. Lists are for groceries.
The only things I should be regularly asking myself are:

Is what I’m doing making me happy?
Is it the right thing to do?

If the answer to both is “yes” more often than not, then I’m probably doing just fine.*


*Except for the life insurance part; that probably needs to happen.

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