Another birthday, another sappy post

There's no need to be clever or sly about it. Today I'm a 43 year old guy! I've already received some wonderful gifts and wishes, but since my celebrating is continuing all weekend, I'll write about all that after it's over. Today I just want to get reflective, so bear with me!

Birthdays are a lot like New Years for me, since they always make me want to think about life. Right now when I look at what I've got, I'm incredibly thankful for my family, my friends, my job, and all the things in this world that have been put here for me to enjoy! I really don't mind getting older (except for the wear and tear on this body I'm living in), since it's taken me all of these years to realize who I am. I may not be totally content with everything I see, but when I step outside of myself I kind of understand what it takes to keep me going, what will bring me joy, and what kinds of mistakes I'm going to make, so I can try to steer myself on the best path (when I follow my own advice). In the past, I spent a lot of time worrying that I didn't have a huge, world-changing purpose in life, but I've come to believe that my reason for being here is to live peacefully and happily, with the hope that people who know me will find a way to do the same. If I can cause one friend to smile for just a moment, I think I've fulfilled my "mission". All of the things I've been doing with myself lately (getting healthy, focusing on my state of mind) will selfishly keep me around to enjoy this world a little longer, but that also gives me more time to help others enjoy life. Wow, that was a little loftier than I intended, but I guess that's what happens when you turn 43!