It's said, that when Julius Caesar encountered a statue of Alexander the Great in 63 BC, he wept, because at the age of 30, what he had achieved was insignificant next to Alexander's triumphs at the same age.
Well, not to speak ill of Caesar, but I'd rather take another view.
Today I am 33 years old. I haven't conquered nations or redefined history. I've married my college girlfriend. Become father to three children, and in a few months will be father of our fourth. I've written three novels, the second of which will be released very soon, and started on a new series that will take me into whole new adventures in publishing. I've travelled to different countries and made friends from all over the world. I've lost some, held on to others, and regained some, too.
And all I can think of today, is how thankful I am, not just for all I've done, but for how much more I have yet to do. I'm at the start of a new journey. Every day I work towards new goals. They say life begins at 40. Wrong. Life begins right now. Right here. Don't let the hard parts get you down, or look back on your life so far and think you've given all you have to give. There is always more to see and learn, more to explore. From as grand an adventure as travelling to a far off country, or as simple and fulfilling as sharing a drink with a friend you haven't seen in a long time.
It doesn't matter how young or old you are. Or what you've done or failed to do. Who you've hurt, who you've loved, who you've lost. Life is always, not just yesterday. For my birthday this year, I'd ask you all to join me in spirit, and be thankful for all the things we have done.
And all the things yet to do.