On Turning 42

I turned 42 today.  Though it won’t be exact until December, I’ve essentially been out of college now for twenty years.  Sometimes I get down on myself.  I feel like I haven’t accomplished enough in my life so far.  It doesn’t help that I chronically feel like I have a countdown ticking in the background, like I’m always about to run out of time.

When I experience these negative thoughts, I try to flip them around and instead consider the positive things that I have achieved in the last twenty years.  Life has been good to me–it’s important I stop and recognize that fact.

If you’ll humor me, I’d like to run through a few blessings …

  • Married a wonderful, intelligent, hard-working, beautiful woman
  • Given two adorable, creative, smart, and talented little girls
  • Worked steadily in education for the past (almost) twenty years
  • Wrote a fantasy novel, a science fiction novel, and two short story collections
  • Earned my Master’s degree
  • Built a house (not literally)
  • Made some pretty cool appearances in promotion of my writing
  • Kept in touch with old friends; made some lifelong new ones
  • Published many, many short stories of various genres
  • Gotten more and more involved with our church
  • Wrote a three-book e-series
  • Made a positive impact on hundreds of students’ lives
  • Taken some amazing trips

These may not seem like that big of a deal to some, but for me, they all represent those things I value most in life.  Family, friends, writing, education–these are the cornerstones of my existence.  These are the things that make me happy.

Though I’m not making as much money as I wold like, and though I’m not as widely-read as I would like, it’s vital to remember that the most important things in my life are being accomplished daily.  My wife and I make enough money.  I should be honored even one person devotes their time to my writing.  In other words, I shouldn’t be greedy.  I am incredibly fortunate.

It’s been a great run so far.  I can’t wait to see what the future has in store!


(Did you enjoy this article?  Check out Scott William Foley’s short stories HERE!)

4 thoughts on “On Turning 42

  1. veryrach says:

    42 – the answer to life, the universe, and everything!

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