Random Thoughts on Turning 40

On October 27. 2013; I turned 40.

For the first part of my birthday, I celebrated with my wife.

We left the kids with the family and we headed off to Whistler to celebrate my birthday but also we enjoyed some time together.

It was an amazing drive from Vancouver up to Whistler.

It was sunny and the mountains were out showing their beauty. (That morning, when mom called she said it reminded her of the day that I was born.)

While in Whistler, we stayed in a very nice place called the Nita Lake Lodge.


We drive up and while walking around the lake it was a great time to reflect back on the last 40 years.

Random Thoughts on Turning 40:

  1. Not sure what the big deal about 40 is. I have better clarity and focus than I did when I was 30 or 20.
  2. You learn that “less is more.”
  3. A good chunk of the world is just angry and it is best to just avoid them and not engage with them.
  4. What you put in your mouth is equally as important to what movement you do.
  5. About critics: “If you have no critics, you’ll likely have no success.” – Malcolm X (So bring on the critics.)
  6. One of the best parts of my day is when I go for a walk with my dog.
  7. Fewer people are going to the gym to exercise. People don’t want to go to the gym, they want to stay at home and reach their health goals.
  8. I like heading out of the house in my PJs, especially in my plaid bottoms.
  9. I have an illness, all I think about is how to help people in pain or with injures.
  10. I am not too busy for the things that are important to me.
  11. You got to keep trying new things. It keeps things exciting, you keep growing and it adds to your experiences. That includes going Zip Trekking for the first time while in Whistler.
  12. When I travel, I like to try girlie drinks. (Cucumber martini was very good in Las Vegas in September.)
  13. A good friend is one you can sit in a silent room with and not feel awkward.
  14. I do not understand Minecraft. My 6 year old son, loves it. I do not get it. Even after spending 3 hours putting a Lego Minecraft figure together on Friday.
  15. My life would be better if there was no such thing as Twitter.
  16. The think I look forward to reading are journal articles. I guess I just love learning what is new when it comes to pain and injuries. (My family thinks I am weird.)
  17. I really think good beers can make my week. A stout or dunkel are my favorites.
  18. I love my wife more with every day.
  19. I am about 4000% more productive now, than I was when I was 21. When I was 21, I was busy. Now at 40, I am productive.
  20. I have no time or energy for drama in my life. Therefore I will never have my own reality show.
  21. When I am 50, I think I might be able to grow a mustache.
  22. I might be 40 but my mom still treats me like I am 12. “When you cross the road, make sure to look both ways.” “MOM, I am 40, come on.”
  23. I am not as fast of a runner as I was at 30 but I can lift a lot more weight now that I am 40.
  24. I enjoy getting emails from friends, readers and viewers on the cool things that they are doing in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. It motivates me and shows me what is possible.
  25. Las Vegas is cool to visit the first three times. After that it is just noisy, busy and expensive.
  26. My shoulders, knees, elbows and back have never felt so good. I am probably the happiest Fix My Pain series client that is out there.
  27. I really like the fact that my truck has heated seats. They come in handy in the winter.
  28. By the time I am 60, I might write with perfect spelling and grammar.
  29. The fitness industry is all angry about Cross-Fit, soon enough it will move onto something else like they did with Curves.
  30. I have to resist buying fitness toys. Every year, more and more toys come out. They maybe fun for me but most of them are not needed.
  31. I love it when my mom or wife cooks. The food just tastes better.
  32. As I age, I am more sensitive to what I eat. I still have an iron clad stomach but I feel better when I eat certain things.
  33. Never go traveling without ear plugs and a blindfold. You never know who you will be beside on the plane and where your hotel room will be.
  34. I love my four Canada hoodies. I wear one of them, every day.
  35. There has to be something better than a Mac. In the last two months I have blown two hard drives and a battery. They look pretty and are fast but not very durable.
  36. I am working hard to know less. I want to know a lot about a few finds and know very little about a lot of things.
  37. People ask way too many questions. Especially questions that don’t need to be asked or are not important.
  38. Kids are the greatest teachers.
  39. Every birthday, I think about this song:

Rick Kaselj, MS

P.S. – #40 – Let me know if you have any advice for me as I enter into my fourth decade. You can leave your advice below. thanks.

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