So I’ll be 34 in less than an hour and just doing a little reflecting on my journey and life in general. I can’t say I’ve had any great epiphanies or moved closer to any kind of enlightenment about life to be honest. Everything seems pretty much the same. Lots of highs and lots of lows over the years. Lowest low would probably have been the death of my grandmother and highest high would be when my better half, during a severe break from sanity but to my great luck, agreed to marry me. The most significant thing I see is family (parents) getting older and less memories being made. About 6 months ago I made a conscious decision to plan trips together with my family (just came back from the Snowy Mountains and yes I got them to go) in order to continue to make memories and also make my parents happy and give them some sort of adventure as they get older. Over the last 12 or so years I’ve probably been a little guilty of neglecting time with the family and just been focusing on my stuff…probably to a selfish extent. My parents never said anything and have always supported me but hitting 34 and reflecting how much time I realistically have left on earth with my family… I realise that they (and my wife) are really the most important thing to me. So onwards and upwards making my way to 35… I would like to see myself become a more devoted son to my family, an even more cherishing husband to my wife and a solid and reliable friend to others who support and continue to care about me. There are also quite a few people on PC who I consider friends (they know who they are) and I am grateful and humbled by their generosity to share their knowledge and time not only with me but with many others over the years. At the end of the day…I’ve realized that all the ‘wealth’ in the world is really useless unless you have family, friends and others who care about you so you can share what you have together with them.