So today was the “big” day. I turned 40 years old today. It doesn’t feel much different than yesterday, but the realization is finally starting to settle in; I’m not in my 20s or 30s anymore. I’ve never been into big celebrations (unless someone else is paying), so no big parties, just some good time at home yesterday evening with the family.
I’ll tell you this, I couldn’t ask for anything else in life…really. I have no complaints. So for those of you that are younger here are my words of advice:
1. Don’t Sleep All Day:
I’m not one of those that gets up REALLY early, but sleeping in half the day is a total waste. Get up and get going!
2. Don’t Make Stupid Decisions:
This is a big one. Sure I’ve made an occasional bad choice, but no major ones. I see friends, family, and co-workers at times who make one bad choice after another, leading to a lifetime of regrets and pain. Then they blame others for their problems. Just think before you make the big decisions, or even before smaller decisions.
3. Don’t Take Life Too Seriously:
Have fun, even at your job if you can. I’ve had several dumpy jobs (shoveling carrot slop…see #5). There is a time to be serious, but I have rarely found it. Actually that’s probably one of my faults.
4. Get Your Priorities Straight:
Life isn’t just about a job or career. If you think it is you’ll probably end up old and lonely. A career like mine is very satisfying and I look forward to coming to work almost every day, but family is far more important than a career. When you die and they remember you, do they say “heck, he sure knew how to write memos, keep his co-workers in line, and meet the budget”? Or do they say “he really enjoyed life, his family, and cared about the people around him”?
5. Hard Work is Good (to a point):
I earned my way through college working 6 summers in a row at a frozen foods plant. National Frozen Foods in Chehalis had a fleet of pea combines that moved from field to field through a good part of the summer, harvesting thousands of acres of green peas. I either drove combines or ran around the fields making sure they were correctly functioning. Sometimes I even yelled at the kids driving that would run over irrigation risers or suck up a few rabbits (didn’t you see it running in front of you???) There were occasional days of 12-16 hours. In fact I remember working something like 95 hours one week! I longed for a day when I could sit in (ah!) an office and stare at a computer. Those long days set me up so that for the rest of my life all other jobs have seemed easy. I sometimes remember that during the long hours spent here during snow/ice storms. Hard work is good for you, as long as you don’t do it all the time and play hard too when you’re done!
Okay, enough of this serious life talk. Looks like quite a few showers moving onshore and over the Coast Range while I’ve been posting. Nice line of training showers from Boring northeast to Multnomah Falls too. Lighter showers coming up for tomorrow, they should decrease quite a bit later in the day.