God I still love this song. Such a classic.
I first listened to this song when I was somewhere around the age of 18. Twelve years later it’s still great.
I thought I’d be scared or freaked out by thirty.
But I’m pretty happy about it. I’ve got a lot of reasons to love where I’m at in my life. Looking back at all the things that I’ve done (get it?) brings me more joy than anything else.
There are many various ways to measure how my life has gone, but…
I have so much love in my life. And I have given so much love and happiness to others over the course of my thirty years. Of all the things that I’ve done, that’s really all that matters.
As a thirty year old man, I feel in many ways like a better, stronger, wiser version of my younger self. I’ve grown up in the ways that are valuable, and I’ve stayed young in the ways that matter.
I can’t ask for much more than that.
I think one of the strongest truths that I know now at my age is this:
Words mean everything.
The words you tell yourself in your head will define you. Positive or negative you will make them real.
The words you say to others about yourself–sooner or later you will accept them as truth even if you didn’t in the beginning.
The things you say to other people and the things they say to you is the fabric all of humanity is built on. Say good things, meaningful things, useful things, funny things–be careful with the hammer that is your anger and frustration. Saying harsh or critical things is necessary in life. But do not make it something that gives you power or satisfaction.
Many people live in fear of saying positive, kind or flattering things to others. They only do so sparingly as if it somehow is a risk that makes us lesser, weaker or vulnerable. It does not. Do not believe the lie that kindness is weakness. Kindness is true strength.
Thank you to everyone that has made my 30th birthday something special. I love you guys. And to those that have never met me or do not know me, I love you too. I hope all’s well.