The Big Two-Nine

Twenty nine years in the books. That means I am now embarking on my thirtieth year on Earth.

This year was a bit of a roller coaster but it was nothing less than amazing. The thing is, whether we’re in a slump or kicking ass, life is good, because we’re alive. And beyond that, we’re amazing. Every single one of us.

I feel so lucky to have such amazing people in my life and the opportunity to do the things that I get to do on a daily basis. Freedom, fresh water and food, friends, family, health, and even work. There are people in this world that literally can’t check even one of those things off of that list. That blows my fucking mind. What did I do to deserve to be here? Yet here I am. And that’s pretty incredible.

I said this year was a bit of a roller coaster and, in my mind and for my wife, that is certainly true. Now, relative to the things I discussed in the paragraph above, I’ve had it pretty fucking good. Really fucking good, if you will.

I just glanced down while writing this and saw my adorable little dog – Marshall – starting to fall asleep but keeping his eyes open just enough to be able to gaze at his Daddy as he falls asleep. My wife’s legs are on my lap. We’re in our beautiful home in a great town. I just got off the phone with my father, who called to ask about my day and I met my mom for lunch. I’ll see my little sis at dinner tomorrow. And all of my friends and family reached out to wish me a happy birthday.

What’s the point of this? Well, the point of this is to say thank you to everyone that has made an impact on my life and on the lives of the people I love. My circle of broz and my family is comprised of some of the most creative, caring, and inspiring people around. That’s the truth.

I said earlier that I am embarking on my thirtieth year on Earth. Thirty years a guest on this un-freaking-believably amazing planet of ours. The key word is guest. We aren’t entitled to anything.

So, what have I learned in my twenty nine years? A lot, obviously. And more every day. Otherwise, what’s the point?

But the one thing that is most important to me – my core value – is this:

Treating others and the world around me with the kindness, respect, and love.

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