Funny Enough, We Share the Same Birthday
oday is my birthday. I turn 34 this year. People start to get weird about birthdays at this stage of life. There is something about this decade of life which starts to mess with people’s heads. It is almost like ages 30–40 are a strange dead time in life.
Or so it’s been described to me.
For me, I act as if I am in my mid-20’s. Not that I feel like it. I definitely wake up most mornings with some sort of stiffness or soreness. But, I feel like there is so much ahead of me. Because there is. However, for most people, it seems like we hit 30 and things “go downhill.”
Well, this year, I am refusing to buy into this idea.
It’s a lie after all.
A lie to keep us from living our best lives. It is a lie to keep us from chasing our dreams. Each year is a step along the road of life. It is a celebration of the previous year. And it is a stake in the ground for where we are going next.
Where We Have Been
Thirty-three years have passed. In this time, I have traveled and lived many places. I have had many jobs. And now have a family. There has been a significant amount of learning, whether from school or from life too. Most of all, life has been good. It has led me to where I am now.
I am reminded of this poem from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien:
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”
It speaks to me in how we learn what is really ‘gold’ in our lives and what matters. It reminds me how some wanderings are actually a path to be taken to our destiny. And how strength of character builds up gradually like deep roots of a healthy tree.
The past 33 years have been a lot of this. Growing, learning, becoming who God made me to be. And it has been good. Sure, there have been hard times, and maybe not as hard as they could have been, but it has been good.
And it has prepared me for what is next. Each year prepares us for what is next. Each year is a gift that way.
Where We Are Going
There have been a lot of good memories and happenings. And it has prepared for what is next. This year will be a good year. I think this year will be one of great growth and learning.
And I think it will be one which will take last year’s dreams to an entirely new level.
And again, Tolkien gives me a quote to hang on to:
“The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the road had gone, and I must follow, if I can.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Each year has been gift, and each year is a gift. And I love this about life. No matter how bad it has been we have been able to live our lives and continue to do so. And I want my life to count for something big. I want to do great things.
This is why I write, and share what I learn. To help others do this too. We have been created to love and to make this world a better place. Each year is a gift for ourselves and for others.
And so we need to make the best of it.
A Hobbit Gift for You
As I said, “each year is a gift for ourselves and for others.” I have learned a lot in just a few decades. And I always want to share what I learn. It’s just part of who I am. And so, I thought I might share three posts which have made the last few years particularly amazing for me.