“The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.” – Psalm 90:10 KJV

When I woke up this morning, it seemed like a rather normal Saturday.  It was 7:22 AM, the sun was peeking at me through the blinds, birds were chirping and cars were zooming by on the freeway in the distance.

A normal Saturday.

Only for me it this one was slightly different.

Today I turned 30.

Do I feel any different? No. I’m in relatively good health and am still able to do many of the things that I did when I was 15, if not more. Originally, the plan for the big Three-Zero, involved a trip to Vegas, heavy drinking and all around debauchery. Needless to say things didn’t go as planned and that’s probably for the better. Instead, this morning I took a few minutes to reflect on where I am in life, where I was, and where I intend to be in another 10 years.

In comparison with the standards of modern society I’m not where I should be in life. I’m underemployed, I have no college degree and I don’t own a house or drive a fancy car. Then again I’ve never been the type to compare my success against the checklist of today’s society. As achievements go, I think they my greatest achievement is my daughter, Rowan. From the day she was born all my efforts have been to ensure that she has everything that she needs and if she’s happy then in my book I’m doing alright. I have a loving family that’s always there when I need them and a close group of friends that I wouldn’t trade for the world. Of course things could always be better, but they could also be much worse, and I’ve thankful to be where I am right now.

I’ve seen and done quite a bit in these past 30 years and I plan and seeing and doing quite a bit more in the years to come.