Wednesday, September 7, 2011

That's All Folks!!!

Well this is it, my last blog entry and the last day of my Midlife Crisis at 40. Today I turned 41, so my 40 year old midlife crisis is officially over...and so brings an end to this yearlong blog. I've done quite a bit over the past 365 days, actually more than I ever dreamed I could do. I've traveled to:

  • 4 Continents: Asia, Europe, Africa, North America
  • 16 Countries: Taiwan, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, England, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Austria, Slovakia, Romania, Spain, Italy, USA
  • 28 Cities: Taipei, Paris, Strausberg, Freiberg, Prague, Kutna Hora, Budapest, Krakow, Auschwitz, Berlin, Liverpool, Cairo, Luxor, Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Samos, Selcuk, Pamukkale, Cappadocia, Istanbul, Vienna, Bratislava, Bucharest, Barcelona, Venice, St. Louis, Los Angeles
  • 21 Airline flights
  • 7 Train rides
  • 6 Bus rides
  • 2000 miles driven by car

What have I learned over the past year during my 40 Year Old Midlife Crisis?

I've learned that I am one hell of a lucky guy. I've also learned that you create a lot of your luck in life. The best quote I've heard about luck is what I heard from the Australian guitarist Brett Garsed, "it's not about being lucky, it's about being READY when that luck comes your way." I might have gone overboard this past year with traveling, music and other things, but I milked every moment I could for what it was worth. Every single day, I realized that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I wasn't going to waste one moment of it...and you know what...I didn't!

Thanks for reading the blog, thanks for all of the comments and thanks for the support over the past year. Grab life when you can, because one of these days, it's going to go be gone, and the last thing you want to be thinking is, "I wish I would have, could have, should have..."


  1. Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
    Ferris Bueller - 1986

  2. Congratulations Jim. That was quite an adventure. Now you need to write a book about all your adventures.


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