Today is my 28th birthday — here are a few birthday reflections:
- Changing when and what I eat over the past year (more on this topic here) while engaging in regular, intense exercise has changed my body composition. I actually weigh approximately the same as a year ago, but am carrying around considerably less fat and a lot more lean tissue.
- As a result of improved eating habits and nutrition, I’ve gotten much better at cooking, particularly on my trusty cast iron skillet. Last night I made carnitas for the first time (Tweeted with pics 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9).
- Thanks to Facebook, twitter, Linkedin, Mobog and my own site I’m (theoretically) better connected to my friends, family and network than I was a year ago. My Facebook “Wall” today has been absolutely bombarded with birthday wishes (Considerably moreso than a year ago — perhaps this chart hints at an explanation). Thank you all, even if you only knew it was my birthday because Facebook told you so!
- My business continues onward despite an increasingly turbulent economy and frivolous litigation (Related).
- Tragically, cancer took someone dear to my wife and me this past year.
- I now have a nephew via my older brother.
- And my wife and I are expecting our first kid to arrive in August 2009. I’m going to be a dad.
- Do I feel any older? Not really. What I do feel is an increased tolerance for uncertainty. This peace despite life’s unpredictability is welcome (On stochasticity).
- No matter what may come, I am optimistic about this next year of life.
Happy Birthday to me! Thanks for all your well wishes!
Update 5:35, Feb. 4: I had no idea that today was also Facebook’s Fifth “Birthday” (as much as a website can have a date of birth, anyway), and also something called Basecamp’s birthday, too. Maybe that is why Facebook greeted me with this odd message (odd coming from a computer/website):
Happy Birthday, Justin!
From all of us on The Facebook Team, have a great day!
Er . . . thanks Facebook!