Read this on the eve of your 40th birthday –

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In a year you will be 40.

It’s not the end, it’s just the beginning. How many Sunday School stories did you hear about Moses getting the call at 40 and Joshua leading a nation by 40?

Try not to think about it too much, okay? The next 10 years will fly by, and you’ll be staring down the throat of 50 in no time.

I just have a few things I want to tell you.

When you were 20, you didn’t know your left from your right, so you married someone who could help you find the way.

At 30, you still didn’t know what you wanted to be, but you were a father, and that was all that mattered.

Yes, you’re on the cusp of 40, but now you know what you want to be.

So do it. No more excuses.

You’ve lived your whole life for this moment. Everything you’ve experienced, every country traveled, every city you’ve explored and every person you’ve met is a story.

You have written millions of words in preparation for this.

You know exactly how you want to spend the rest of your life.

You’ve always believed age is just a number, and I’m just here to remind you of that. But I’m also here to remind you that it was never about you.

It was about her and them.

You’re part of a unit, part of something bigger than yourself. Remember this when you are 40.

Your legacy is 14, 11 and 6. Put your heart and soul into it, because it has a lot of growing to do. 

Stop sweating the small stuff. Stress is a waste of your life.

Eat sensibly, exercise as much as you can. You know you like it.

Give yourself a break once in a while. Especially from the social media.

Work hard on the things that benefit others. Make an impact on the ground. That’s how you leave your mark.

The next decade could be the best of your life. You’ll know more than you did before, you might even experience wisdom. But practice spirituality first.

Explore more. You own the weekends. And they were not made for couches and television.

Meet new people. Write your stories.

Find the truth. Tell it to others.

Love more.

Happy Birthday, old man.

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