God-willing, I'll be 28 tomorrow. With the average life expectancy for a Malaysian at 75 years, 28 years is only 37% of your expected lifetime, give or take a few years. It's easy to think that there's plenty of time or even worse, to be content with what you have.
No doubt I have plenty of things to be grateful for. There's the family, of course. Despite the occasional muttering of discontent, I am perfectly satisfied with the parents that God has given me. I won't return them for any other. Please laugh at this.
The missus, whom I apologize I seldom write about, is perfect for me. It's not easy to be perfect for someone who is perfect, but yeah, let's laugh at that too.
More importantly, we've given life to two of the most precious little things I have ever seen. The eldest one doesn't look like me AT ALL, and I was going to ask for a paternity test, but the kid has been so intelligent that I must conclude it must come from my genes. Let's laugh.
The second kid kinda looks like me, but not really. He's like a hybrid looking dude, with sharp features. I don't know why but I've got a feeling he will inherit my other innate trait. Guess what it is? Yeap, you know me too well.
Really, having kids is almost as good as United winning the Champions League in '99. Almost.
I'm grateful for my business, which have allowed me to enjoy life and do things that I want to do. People say that money can't buy you happiness, but let me tell you that a lot of things that makes me happy require money.(Which makes me wonder if I could survive in a socialist state)
And hey, I am blessed thus far with good health, an able body, what I believe to be a quad-core processor, and every other thing which are God-given but we cannot say for fear of being viewed by Him as being proud. Laugh now.
It is very easy to look around and find mediocrity, and find solace in the fact that you're doing well as compared to others. But doing well is the enemy of doing great. It lulls you into a falls sense of achievement.
At 27, Mark Zuckerberg is already a paper billionaire. At 25, Usain Bolt is already the fastest man in the planet EVER. At 24, Lionel Messi is already considered one of the best footballers in the world ever. Justin Bieber is only 17. Rebecca Black can name you the days of the week. The list goes on and on.
It's easy then to get depressed if we were to see all these young, successful people. However, let's not get carried away and think that the best is behind us. I tend to think that the average greatness age would be in between 30 – 40. Remember, for every Zuckerberg, there must be a Steve Jobs (56 years old). There's plenty of time to stretch for greatness. IF you can define what constitutes your personal greatness.
Nothing is worse than chase for something that doesn't satisfy your inner personal greatness.I have a vision of where I am, how I look, where I'm staying and what car I drive by the time I'm 35. God-willing, it will all come through.
Anyway, I need to put it out there what's in my bucket list for the next one year and we'll review back this entry by the time I turn 29. These are things that I want to experience and fulfill before I turn 29.
1. I will watch a Manchester United game at Old Trafford
2. I will go to New York
3. I will perform with a band before a live audience (even if it means a wedding…)
4. I will start a new business (does writing a book count as a business?)
5. I will run a marathon (what's the shortest marathon? Preferably 1 km or less…laugh now!)
Hmmm…that's about it for the next one year. The standard making more money goes without saying.
P/S: I hope you guys can spank me if I don't even get at least 3 out of these 5 settled before I turn 29. Really!