I was born on April 18th, 1974. Today is my 40th birthday. That means one thing to me right now.
I’m getting DAMN OLD!
I debated writing a big philosophical post for my birthday. Reflections and lessons of 40 years walking the planet Earth… something like that. But, I don’t really feel like I have much to say, and I wouldn’t have time to write it if I did.
Instead, I threw together a bunch of childhood photos. As I get older, I find myself looking back and wondering where all the time went. This sure is a quick trip.
Not sure, but looks like #14
Looking back at old photos always brings back so many feelings, right? Some of my first memories are of my sister. Early on, it was just the two of us. Below, hanging out with Dad…
Below, me climbing a toddler V5 boulder problem up a camping table and cooler, just like Soleil does today. Guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree..
Always a climber…
It wasn’t much longer before my little brother showed up and completed the picture…
What a gift he’s been in my life. My best and most loyal amigo, for life…
And, since he arrived, the three of us have been pretty much inseparable.
Below, planting trees with Mom…
Below, me throwing down my best moves on the neighbor girl while my brother shows off his state-of-the-art record player. Real OGs.
Fun fact, I actually grew up on a large farm in Madras, Oregon. Looking back through the lense of a parent now, I have to say that my parents nailed the grow-up location. We had a great childhood exploring the outdoors and the wilderness.
Showing off my new Huffy bike, one of my favorite presents to this day…
Below, what can I say? John Travolta cool, right down to the Pittsburgh Steelers belt buckle…
In case you’re wondering, the half-shirt is making a big come back. It all started here.
No, it’s not halloween. This is just what happens to kids when they don’t have iPads, computer games, or TV. They do crazy shit, like use their imaginations.
In the mountains riding with my bro and sis…
Kayaking in the early days on the Deschutes River in Oregon…
Getting tatted up in Mexico…
A proud moment with family after winning the SBA Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award, a couple years after starting Outdoorplay.
Me and my boys. 1993…
Looking back on my life so far, I can’t help but feel incredibly lucky. It’s been a good go so far. I’m 40 now, so I figure the ride is about half over. The first half was amazing. Now, as I look forward to the next half, I’m most stoked about watching my daughter grow up and sharing with her everything that I’ve learned so far.
It’s funny. My #1 goal in life was always to do whatever it takes to keep myself traveling, and doing rad shit. Now, as I’ve entered into a new phase of life, my number one goal is to do whatever it takes to keep Soleil traveling, living on the road, visiting new countries, and experiencing rad shit.
Oddly enough, it creates the same outcome for me and , yet, is noticeably different in some strange way. I think, better.
Happy birthday to me,