Today, I turned officially into thirty-four years old. 34. 34th time around the Sun. With that, itâ€™s time to write another birthday post, which is something Iâ€™ve been doing since I turned 24 years old. Thatâ€™s ten years ago! I still think blogging is nice, like writing your own diary, despite how everyone is on social media these days, but I believe emails and blogs still prevail. I read my first birthday post and it was brief. I had something to say about Chinese astrology, which if you had to guess someoneâ€™s age, all you have to do is ask what is their Chinese sign, then youâ€™d be able to deduce which age s/he would be, as there are twelve signs, so 12 years margin in between. Also, I just realize New Lunar Year was last week on the 19th, so perhaps it makes sense that Iâ€™d write this annual post on my birthday since it happens soon after Lunar Day. I do know that China and Korea celebrate Lunar Year extensively. Not sure about Japan tho. Itâ€™s interesting to read through my birthday posts, like I dreamed about owning Honda S2000 one day which I did so a couple of years ago. I however sold the car so I could afford an engagement ring to propose to my wife, and ultimately, finance the wedding.
Speaking of wedding, in less than a year, I got married to my wife. I didnâ€™t even see it coming myself but it happened rather quickly and like they say, timing is everything. One day, I thought Iâ€™d never meet anyone or get married, or having all sorts of relationship problems, trust issues, then the next thing I knew, I met someone and got married.
As I read through these birthday posts, I realize 10 years happened in an instant. So that means next 10 years will happen in an instant too. People say life is short. Indeed itâ€™s true. Which brings up the topic of a bucket list. If you noticed, older people tend to say they have a bucket list. Iâ€™m noticing it myself that Iâ€™m slowly building one myself. There are things that I want to do, mostly around traveling to different places and do hiking. One is to see the volcanoes and lava flow in Big Island, Hawaii. I think Yuka and I might do that for our honeymoon vacation. Another one is climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Looks like Iâ€™ve got a thing about volcanoes because I recently climbed Mt. Fuji in Japan, which was one of the most fulfilling trips Iâ€™ve ever had in my life. Another short-term goal is to hike Mt. Whitney, the highest summit in California. Right now, Yuka and I are planning a road trip to Mt. Whistler and hope to snowboard if thereâ€™s any snow up there! So, between playing golf, driving fast, running, traveling/hiking pretty much comprise my outdoor life. The rest, computers and reading books take over. And I need to write more.
Before I close this birthday post, one of the things Iâ€™ve been thinking often, like with our bucket lists, is our psychological state. Since our life is limited in finite numbers, itâ€™s important to recognize and see where we are at in terms of life. Because if we donâ€™t do that, we may lose sight on whatâ€™s important and we might find ourselves dissatisfied with life and paradoxically cut our life short. Every once in a while, Iâ€™d read Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development, do a quick review, and do a mental assessment of myself, to make sure I understand where Iâ€™m at and what Iâ€™d like to accomplish in life, so that I donâ€™t get frustrated with myself or where things are going. Writing this birthday post is a great example, so I hope to write every year and more frequently in between, for as long as I can.
Happy New Lunar Year! ìƒˆí•´ ë³µ ë§Žì´ ë°›ìœ¼ì„¸ìš”!
Past birthday posts:
Around the Sun 31 times
Thirty years old
Twenty-seven years old
Twenty-six years old
I turn 25 today.
The Existence of 24 years old on this Planet Earth.
Sushi dinner my wife made for me