Its my 40th birthday today. In many ways, 40 is old.
For most of my adult life, my self image has been of this 15-year old me. The young, smart-ass kid who is full of confidence and has a strong opinion about almost everything. I am sure its not always been an advantage but it seems to have worked out fine.
But it started to change in the past couple of years. I’ve got two young boys now in whom I can see the shades of the same super-confidence and strong opinions. I’m starting to notice the bald spot on my head, losing weight is hard and I see a different person in the pictures others take of me. All of which reminds me of the growing number of revolutions around the sun.
My self image is changing. Instead of confidence; I go for comfortable. I feel no need to impress or express at every ocassion. I act less like the 15-year old punk and more like a man who has been around the block a few times.
Other then that, I don’t feel aged — I am as curious about the world as I was when I was 15. I enjoyed using typewriters and now I love using Siri. I enjoyed my first car that required manual gear changing and I look forward to my next car that will quite possibly drive itself.
These are interesting times we live in. Its fascinating how much the civilization has changed in the last 40 years and I look forward to the next 40 years bringing even more change.
Here is a toast to staying curious for another 40 years. Cheers !!