According to the Social Security Administration, my life expectancy is 81.9 years.
For the class of 1974, we’re effectively at the halfway mark of life, the end of Act 1. We’re at intermission (I’m looking at you Derek Jeter, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Jimmy Fallon, Eva Mendes, Penelope Cruz, Susan Osorio, Andy Señor Jr., Danny Pino, Fernando Horta, Dennis Whittinghill, Gina Giordano and the rest of the distinguished class of 1974).
Today is my birthday. For a day, I’ll have been alive for 40 years exactly. As of tomorrow, I start living my 41st year on this fascinating marble we call earth, Lord willing.
On this 40th year of life, let’s call a time out, take inventory of where we are, what we’ve learned in Act 1 and where we want to go in Act 2. Here’s my (sorta) top 10 list of things I’ve learned from Act 1, in no particular order:
- Not everyone from Act 1 will make Act 2, and that’s okay. Learn, love and move on.
- Some of the most interesting folks you may ever meet are in your future.
- Almost nothing lasts forever, nothing. Don’t fight it. Embrace change.
- Chill, zoom out and appreciate the awesomeness of now.
- You’re in control, so take it. Success is largely a decision.
- Forgive. Haters gonna hate. Hate may score a few points, but love conquers hate.
- Love those that love you.
- Love those that don’t even know you. It makes for a healthier planet.
- Throw the rope back over the wall and help others.
- The best is yet to come.
For those of you who played a meaningful role in Act 1, thank you, truly. Good, bad or ugly, I’m a better person because of you.