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The perspective that comes with age…

After 4 dozen years of human-hood, there are some things I have noticed:

  1. Nothing matters more than the your own health and that of your family. Nothing. Full stop.
  2. As children make the turn into adulthood, they are capable of, and do learn and accept #1.
  3. As crappy as my body may seem some days, there are those that feel worse. A lot worse.
  4. Grab the present by the gonads and run with it like your life depended on it. Don’t delay.
  5. Play to your strengths but understand your weaknesses well.
  6. Eat, drink and be merry, for sure! But know your body and the signals it sends when it needs to be nurtured.
  7. It is always more important to cuddle with your kids before bed than check Twitter / fold laundry / watch the game.
  8. It is always more important to listen to your kids than check Twitter / fold laundry / watch the game.
  9. Work to live and don’t live to work… but do not take work for granted because people are counting on you.
  10. It is good medicine to make lists like these once in a while.

Thanks for the birthday wishes, all!


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  1. Dave 1949 says:

    Amen to Number 1. Till lat year I had always been boringly healthy. With the exception of a couple of minor injuries I seldom if ever needed to see a doctor or hospital. I’d give anything I have to be in that position again.
    And friends and family are more important than anything else in life.

    1. trashee says:

      How are you doing now, Dave? Are things looking up?

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