It’s my birthday. No big deal in the grand scheme of things but, as Pink Floyd once wrote, ‘Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.’ Maudlin to be sure, but since we’re all mortal, it’s tough not to reflect on what’s been accomplished and what’s still to be done.
In that spirit, I’ve given some thought to what I’m most proud of and what I’d like to do between now and the inevitable appearance of the Grim Reaper. Here goes:
- Chris and Catharine
- McGraw-Hill published book, ‘What’s keeping your customer up at night?’ (continues to fly off the bookshelves in Third World countries while gathering dust here)
- 75 or so stand-up comedy performances
- One ‘improv’ performance at the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre in NYC (easily the toughest mental challenge I’ve yet faced)
- Mountain climbing, ice climbing, three half marathons and two 18-mile marathons
- PR industry awards, bylined articles, speeches, panels, agency of the year, yada, yada
- Mentoring more than one dazed and confused college student
- Learning a second language
- Playing a musical instrument
- Climbing at least three more of the Seven Summits
- Rock climbing
- Antarctica and the Galapagos
- Completing my swimming lessons and finishing a sprint triathalon
Reflecting on my mortality, I’m reminded of the classic William Saroyan quip, ‘Everybody has got to die, but I have always believed an exception would be made in my case.’ If only……
Happy birthday, Steve. Following up on what Linda wrote, you can get a job on a cruise ship as musical director, leading man and publicist!
Happy Birthday Steve! You are a true inspiration to those who say “I can’t” or at the very least, “I’m tired.” Here’s to many more!
Here’s to your birthday, Steve. And I’ll bet you can find a cruise to Antartica and the Galapagos that features foreign languages lessons, piano lessons, and maybe an acting revue on board….while you sprint around the ship in your spare time…