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Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Officially 35 years old

I'm now officially 35 years old!  Have I reached the middle of my life?  Hard to say.... I'm told that things keep getting better.  At any rate, I haven't discovered a downside to being 35, healthy, and active.  Maybe those that are older than me are too wise to speak of such a thing (a downside).

I also thought about what it means to be 35 and living the life that I have right this moment.  Right now my own opportunity is to challenge the established assumptions about the world and perhaps accelerate or re-direct some of our social and technological momentums.  Being 35 means that I have the opportunity be mentored by, and get to inject enthusiasm into, those with much more life experience than myself and I get to teach and mentor those who look for examples in their lives.

A question that popped into my head as I ate my birthday dinner asked what the world will be like in another 35 years.  The only thing I can say for certain is that in 35 years I'll be looking at the world through the eyes of a 70 year-old. In truth, I really have no idea if I will still have my health.  I am hopeful that I'll still be as open-minded as I've become with a continued capacity to have new ideas, and objectively weigh the values, and be a part of the opportunities, the next generation introduces. I know that I will continue to have people in my life that will keep my mind open and challenge my assumptions.

Thank-you everyone for this life I have and for sharing it with me!

--Addendum:

I recently discovered that "35 years old" is a popular search term on the internet.  This got me thinking a little bit about why some people might using this particular key word search.  Some possible reasons:

You really just want to see more of my Action Adventurous blog:
http://philipmichaelzeman.blogspot.com/


You're interested in finding some love?: Try a dating site :)
A colleague and I are currently writing an article that provides an analysis of which dating site to use.  We should have the full article posted in a week or so and I'll be sure to add a link to the article from this page.
For now, I'll give you what our analysis found would be a good site for a typical 35 year old male with a graduate school education:
http://www.chemistry.com. FYI: I am not a member of this site.

Adventure? What do I do now that I'm 35? What's next?
Consider a mountain adventure. There are many guiding companies available.

RMI Guides: http://www.rmiguides.com/ (I have some friends who use this company)
Team Kilimanjaro: http://www.teamkilimanjaro.com/ (we used this company for our trip in 2011)

Perhaps you're into some adventure charity:

Across the divide: http://www.acrossthedivide.com

Finally, maybe your next step is to go back to school:

University of Victoria: http://www.uvic.ca
University of British Columbia: http://www.ubc.ca/
Stanford University: http://www.stanford.edu/







2 comments:

Sharon said...

At 53 my thoughts are much the same. :)

Philip Michael Zeman said...

Age 53? Hmm... re-arrange the numbers and you get 35. I wonder what that means... :)