I knew it had to happen. It was only a matter of time. This morning, I received a '...so, it's coming up soon. The Big 4-0. How does it feel?'
Not bad at all, to be honest.
Ten years ago, I approached the end of my 20's with a mix of fear and intimidation. No longer could I pretend to be 'young'. I had moved up the generation ladder and had to accept that I was a grown-up. Life was over!
As I face the beginning of The Mountain of Lifes Ultimate Peak/It's All Downhill From Here/Greying Temples/Wrinkles/The Music's Too Loud/These Little Blue Pills are Great years, I do so sans hesitation or dread.
Now, as I enter the Back 9, there are things I would never have believed years ago. The American President is a socialist (I know what you thought I was going to say. Shame on you!). Canada is enjoying a multi-year Conservative federal government. The mass media, and a huge portion of the general public, is siding with the forces of terror over democracies such as Israel. China has a booming economy. Parts of Europe - not North America - are waking up to the reality and dangers of Islam and unfettered immigration, and has begun to put the safety of its citizens ahead of pollitical-correctness. Keith Richards is still alive.
While I hold out hope that the U.S. will somehow give the world another Gipper, or that England will produce another Margaret Thatcher, or that the citizens of the free world will stop following red herrings like environmentalism and instead focus on the real issues, the truth is that history never repeats. We can only learn from the past and use that knowledge to create the icons of the future.
You can bet I'll be ranting on them.
So, how does it feel to be facing 40? Pretty damn good, all things considered.