It’s Here!

May 22, 2006 — 3 Comments

Today I am 40. I think my theme song for today is going to be, “I ain’t as good as I once was (but I’m as good once as I ever was).”

It’s a little weirder now that I’m here and when asked my age, it’s not, “I’ll be 40 soon,” but, “I’m 40.”

In some ways it’s no different than yesterday. In other ways it’s really different. When I was in my late teens and early 20’s (ages that don’t seem all that long ago), 40 seem really old. Now that I’m here, I don’t really feel all that different than I did back than. But there is this realization that guys in their late teens and early 20’s look at me as really old.

I don’t know how I feel about that.

I do know that I am thankful and grateful on this day. I am thankful to God for saving me and for allowing me to do what I love at a place I love.

I am thankful for a wife that has put up with far more than I have to put up with. She is more good and godly than I am by a long shot. She is a wonderful, kind, creative, strong, honest, loyal person. She is so good in so many ways. She is a great wife to me and a wonderful mother to our boys.

I am thankful for my two strong young boys (one of which is becoming a fine young man). They make me so proud and humble me so much. Their smile tells me that there is a good God and that He has blessed me beyond measure or comprehension. I hate being away from them – but love coming home and having them fight over who is going to get to me first to hug me.

I am thankful for my friends and mentors throughout the years – people like Ron & Elaine, Larry & Cindy, Sue & Terry, Bishop, Frank, Ron, Mike, Randy & Chris, Parker, and guys like Chuck Butler, Gary Engels, and Frank Eaton.

I am learning patience and humility and servanthood (God grant me the grace to learn them faster!). I am learning to be more kind and loving – to treat others as better than myself. I hope that have come a long way from my 20’s, but I know I have a long way to go…

40 down and ??? to go…

Pat Callahan

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3 responses to It’s Here!

  1. Hey Pat – The hardest thing to get used to is being older in the eyes of the people around you. I know because I am just starting to feel 35 and yet all my friends that are 35-40 forget to include me in their groups. I have to keep reminding myself that to them I am older – even though I don't feel it. I guess what I am saying is that the spirit always stays young even as the body begins to wear out! ha ha ha

  2. Welcome to the Old Coots Club, Pat!40 ain't nearly as bad as I thought it would be.Good thoughts on turning 40. Happy Birthday! Hope it's one of the best ever!

  3. It's so true how we think forty, and any decade past our age for that matter, seem so old. I sometimes think to myself that I will be 30 when I finish my master degree and that seems so old. I think to myself who will hire a 30 year old, or how I will have to compete with younger kids. But I guess it's not too bad. 4 is not old, 80 is old!

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