Check-in at 41

It is just after noon on Friday, May 24th 2019. This weekend is my birthday and while I have a few spare moments I wanted to get a post in while I’m still 41 years old.

This morning was busy responding to customers and I had one sales call. I then stopped by Great Clips to get a haircut – for a reason I’ll explain below – and grabbed sushi from Safeway. I then came home, showered, ate lunch and finished up a few more work items. The boss cut us loose at noon so the weekend has officially begun!

As for the haircut it seems there was a Giants employee in attendance during our karate presentation at the Cherry Blossom Festival. Last Monday I received an e-mail from the dojo that we had been invited to perform for Japanese Heritage Night at the ballpark! Now I usually just have my wife cut my hair in the garage but I had forgotten to request it yesterday and we do not have time today thus the trip to Great Clips. I wanted to look good because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I’ll be performing Kumite No Kata Tsuke Uke and break a bat again. I’m very glad to break a bat because after watching video of the Cherry Blossom bat breaking I had accidentally grabbed the wrong bat! Thus the bat I now have in my office is one I didn’t break! This time I’ll be sure to grab the right one.

As for life at 41 I had a major change in switching jobs this year. The change was a great one but it meant I’ve been very busy bringing my portfolio up to speed and have been full throttle ever since last June when I made the switch. That, combined with the kids and our karate lessons has made the year fly by. I cannot believe were already at the end of May already and it seems as though I’m in some sort of time warp.

It is amazing how quickly time goes when you age and especially when you have kids. I’m at work, they come home and then I’m doing things with them and the days and months just slip away.

In previous years I had been highly engaged with my friends on Facebook and here in Pacifica. I never really understood why I didn’t get too much engagement back from my friends on Facebook but now I understand. As the kids grow up time becomes scarce. Facebook has also lost most of its allure for me and I find myself posting less and less.

As for friends here in Pacifica we used to have parties almost every other weekend. That has all but disappeared with the changes that come in life. The kids are busy thus we are busy. Also, some wives are spending more time in Japan which means less time to get together on weekends. Drinking has also lost its allure for me at 41. The disadvantages now outweigh the advantages and feeling good for an hour or two brings on three days of feeling down. I just don’t like the feeling anymore and so have all but stopped drinking except for when the rare party occurs.

My focus has been on the job, karate and kids with karate taking more and more time. We are now green belts with a black stripe and my youngest also joined. That means we should really be doing three classes: the kids class, the green belt and up class and weapons. This really takes a lot of energy to do so I haven’t been working out at all really. My weights in the garage are collecting dust and it stares me in the face every time I step into the garage. I’ll pick that back up however once my family goes to Japan for the summer and I have an abundance of free time. Free time just doesn’t exist during the normal part of the year.

So, that is really about it. Time is going quickly, I don’t see my friends as much, the job is busy and the years just fly by.

By 魔手

Global Citizen! こんにちは!僕の名前はマットです. Es decir soy Mateo. Aussi, je m'appelle Mathieu. Likes: Languages, Cultures, Computers, History, being Alive! \(^.^)/