I think that the number 23 by far draws most of its significance from one man. Michael. Jordan. Yup, thats about all I can think of for 23. From an age standpoint you can drink legally, but its not even a novel concept anymore; You can vote, but that lost its significance long ago; You can drive, but gas is or is almost on your own dime; you still can’t rent a car with many companies; and insurance companies will refuse to write you onto your own car policy for another two years. So, what gives?
Well, for me at least, 23 comes at a hugely significant juncture in my life. Namely, that juncture is where I need to decide what I will do with my life after college. Honestly, I have no idea. It matters, but not right at this second. What matters to me tonight is thinking back on my 23 years of life and considering what I’ve learned, who I’ve met, the experiences I’ve had, and how it all is coming together to prepare me for that elusive concept called my future.
I think it is appropriate to sort of document where I stand tonight, in this moment, during the waning hours of my 23rd birthday.
1. Family matters. My family is my foundation. I hope that I never allow myself to stray away from that. I owe all of my success, all of my ambitions, all of my everything to them.
2. Nicole plays a huge role in my life. Day in and day out, she is my support system. Having her as a companion to talk to, vent to, eat with, study with, etc is huge for me.
3. My friends are awesome. I’ve said before that I haven’t talked to my high school ‘friends’ in years. I can’t imagine going any extended amount of time without keeping up with my college friends once we leave Athens.
4. As my mom puts it, I am on a search for the meaning of life. After thinking about it for a while – maybe I am. Maybe I’m weird and this blog is a little over the top for a 23 year old. But you know what? I love thinking deeply about life’s meaning for me and sharing a thought or two. It helps me analyze what it is that I REALLY want out of life and plan on how to get there.
5. I have this intense internal battle going on. Its at the crossroads of prestige and meaning. Success as defined by others vs. quality of life and success as defined by me. I don’t know what I want to do in life. I know that I want to have the maximum possible impact on others. I want to serve others. I want to add value to the world. I don’t yet know in what capacity I will do so.
6. Life is good. Day in and day out, life is good. I can’t complain. I will graduate with a dual degree in December from a University that has given me everything. I have a wonderful girlfriend. My family is alive, healthy, and a huge part of my life. I have the opportunity to invest in others and participate in great programs in my last semester. My dog loves me – even when he’s been at home alone all day. And, most importantly, I’m a pretty happy guy.
On this September 7th of 2010, let it be known that I’m looking forward to the future. I am loving life and living up every opportunity as college winds down. And I know that the opportunities will abound in the ‘real world’ as soon as I am ready to take them on.
Thank you to every one of you who has made this last year one of growth, learning, and happiness. Here’s to another one just like it.