When I met my wife in 2000, I had just turned 23. The previous year, Blink182 had released “What’s my age again?”, and she took great delight playing it for me.
Today, I turn 43, meaning it has been 20 years since that event. Amazingly, my 23rd year was probably my own personal “rock bottom”, as I’d spent 5 years after leaving high school wandering aimlessly from job to job, living from party to party, with no idea of what I wanted to do with my life.
Meeting the woman who would become my wife, and the mother of my boys, changed all that. She saw something in me that I didn’t, and together we’ve shared an eventful 20 years together, 12 as a married couple. I am extremely grateful for her presence in my life.
So this year, on my day of birth, I am thankful not only for her, but for all the wonderful people who have helped shape the life I have made for myself today. If you are reading this, it means you are probably one of those people, so thank you for being a part of the journey that is my life.
Here’s to the next one!