Co-incidentally, the title of the first single I purchased back in the days when records and cassettes were the portable media storage devices available to the general public, which only goes to demonstrate how fast technology moves. Or how old I am now.
The older I get the more I realise that birthdays are a time for me to reflect and be thankful for the great things that have happened in the preceding 12 months, while looking ahead to what could be possible in the year ahead. There are definitely things in my (uncommitted to paper!) bucket list which it’s unlikely will ever happen but there are plenty of opportunities out there which can be achieved with a bit of effort.
Obviously bad stuff has taken place too. I’m not one of those Christians who thinks that everything will always go swimmingly and that life will be a breeze, which is probably just as well as there are some things that would require some significant effort to derive positives from.
In the main, though, I’m content with how things are which apparently makes it quite difficult for the family to buy me birthday presents.
MrsG-T and the boys bought me a supercar driving experience for my birthday, which has left me with the exquisite agony of choosing which two cars to drive. I strongly suspect that a childhood passion will be fulfilled if there’s a Ferrari available, but what to choose for the second one? Any suggestions welcomed in the comments section.
If you’re one of the lovely people who wished me happy birthday via text, email or SMS, thank you! If you’re Pete who actually turned up to say it in person, thanks even more!
So, here are some things I’m thankful for over the past year:
- My wife, the boys and my daughter. You’re all extremely special and you do challenge me in many areas of life. I love you, and thank you!
- Family, Facebook and the internet. Without Facebook it would be incredibly difficult to keep up with what’s happening in my wider family. My cousins (Johanne, Tanith, Nick, Jonathan, Clare and Sarah) and their spouses/partners/vacancies/children are doing great things and it’s fantastic to see pics of their lives. Same applies for uncles, aunts and parents although in the main they share less. Also my friends who live far away in places like Australia, Cambodia, Aberdeen and Oxford.
- Friends. Where would we be without them? People like Dave, Pete, Andy, James G, James N, Stuart and Thomas who totally get me and how I think and care about me anyway. Thanks guys – you’re the best!
- Twitter. I’ve ‘met’ so many great people through Twitter, some of whom I’ve now met in person and a small number who have become valued friends. As a more than representative sample, talk to these lovely people on Twitter: Thomas, Rev Al, Duncan, Ralph, Dr Bex and Will.
- New Friends. I’ve been fortunate enough to make new friends this year, with Stephen & Kat, Ralph (as previously mentioned) and Neil being particular stand-outs. Here’s to many happy years getting to know each other better.
- The TwentyCI Team. As many of you know last year I was forced to find a new job and I really fell on my feet working with the guys at TwentyCI. Working with people who (mainly) enjoy what we do, have a bit of fun and banter and who always want to learn and take people to the next level is brilliant. It even makes up for the 50-mile each way commute.
- And one last thing. It will surprise none of you that my faith in God underpins everything else. If it wasn’t that way there’d be little point in having a faith I think. Even though I’m just an ordinary guy doing ordinary things in an ordinary life, the belief that God thinks I’m special and actually cares about me is the thing that makes getting out of bed in the morning worth while.
If you’ve read this far, thanks for indulging my birthday reflections. Normal service will now be resumed (e.g. there’s unlikely to be anything here to read for the next six months…)