Birthdays have always been about celebrating the day you were born. I think it should also be a day to thank everyone around you for helping you get through and live life to its fullest for yet another year.
30 Years ago I started on a journey from my parents home at age 18. I left behind school friends and acquaintances; the first stop was a real boot camp. This 30 year journey introduced me to hundreds (maybe even thousand, so many people its hard to keep track) of super interesting people, each of who had a direct influence on me. Some became my friends, and an even smaller group became my close friends and confidents. I visited every state in the US at least once, worked my way through all of the EU, CE, Poland, some of the ex Soviet states, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Panama, Peru and Cuba (I know I am forgetting other places I have been). I rode trains all over Europe, CE and parts of Russia.
I have sailed on the North Pacific Ocean, Bering Sea, South Pacific Ocean, North Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and the North Sea. I fell in love with the ocean thanks to USCG.
I met and married the most wonderful person in my life and together we are raising two awesome precocious daughters. I have worked for numerous organizations, (USCG, Fed Gov, City Gov) and many startups, and then went off and started a company myself. Its hard to believe, or comprehend how I got so lucky along the way, of course there are ups and down. Such is my life. Always hope that the ups far outweigh the downs.
This Birthday, I want to take the time to thank each of you for being part of my journey so far. Each and every one of you has contributed to who I am, and for that I am very thankful.
Thank you for being part of my life - Happy Birthday to you!