Yesterday was my 31st Birthday, and with the celebratory day came a lot of reflection for me, as most "big days" do. It was so interesting to me to see and hear how people reacted to knowing a birthday was coming up. Pretty much everyone would smile in some form of excitement, and the questions that followed either were asking what I was planning on doing, or how did it feel to be older. Well, as my girlfriends aunt said, I am the only 8 year old with a beard she knows. I have never felt like I was old, or getting older, it just sort of seems that I become more and more knowledgable about some things as time goes on, and less and less knowledgable about others. The main thing I feel like I keep getting better at is knowing myself and how I interact with others. I wake up sore, I get bumps and bruises, but no more than I can remember having when I was a kid. Perhaps someday I'll just wake up and and all of a sudden care about all the bumps, bruises, and soreness. For now, and for as long as I possibly can, I'll see them all as a sign that I'm enjoying life.
Every now and then I realize that I am not a kid. This happens when I see younger people listening to music like Justin Beiber and stuff like that. I realize that I have a maturity in my taste of music. It also happens when I see myself in the mirror. I'm just a big dude with a beard. I like the way I look. I also see it in the fact that as time passes, I have more and more responsibilities. I must cook for myself and sometimes others, I must take care of my belongings, I must make money and save money. It seems pretty regular that I find out something new that I must take care of because I don't have someone in place to take care of it for me. That's cool, it's kind of exciting finding out all these things. And if this is what feeling older is like, cool. I think getting older is more of a mindset. Sure things happen physically to you through time, and so many other things happen to you as well. But it's always up to you to let those things take control of your life. I choose to stay young. No matter what my body does, no matter what my responsibilities are and become, my mindset will to be young.
"If growing up means it would be, beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I'll never grow up!"
- The Lost Boys, Peter Pan
My body will change, my world will change around me, even my mind will change so much. But I will always climb trees.
So for this birthday what did I do? My awesome girlfriend found a treehouse not too far from my home. We spent the night in a tree! Nestled in the hills of Hillsborough there's a family who owns a pretty rustic house surrounded by massive oaks. In one of the oaks they built a treehouse and you can rent it out for an evening, or a night, just like a bed and breakfast. It's not elaborate, just a wooden collection of ladders to get to the little porch where they have a couple chairs looking through the trees out to the San Francisco Bay. Then inside the tiny little space is a small table and chairs, a little bed space and a larger bed loft area. It's small, cozy, and perfect. Branches run through the house, and through the deck so that when you lie there in bed, you can even rest your feet against the tree itself. And there is always something about always being in contact with the things that have always been part of nature. It's overwhelmingly peaceful and calming.
The family sets it up with a TV and DVD player so if that's something you want, you have it available, and you can even order a pizza if you have a chill evening planned there with you kids. They also made out a little side room in their house that you can get to and cook food, use a bathroom and shower, and eat a light breakfast that they set out for you in the morning. Lindsey and I hit a Trader Joes and bought some cheese, crackers and salami for our evening. We sat on the porch talking and eating our snacks. We read. We went to bed not to long after the sun went down and slept like we hadn't in years. We woke up, made some coffee and sat on the porch talking and looking out over the forrest to the Bay. And then before we left, Lindsey sat on the little swing they put out there, and I of course climbed out on the edge of the porch to hang there and goof off as only I know how. It was a wonderful experience all around. Our brains were running wild with all our plans to build our own treehouse, and after that night, I know I will be finding places to do this wherever I can. And if any of my San Mateo area peoples want a peaceful night in the trees, or if you want to send your kids to enjoy and awesome night in the trees (this place would be such a perfect getaway for a couple kids, it's safe, still right there in town, and you get to be in a TREE!) just let me know!
I think as I get "older" all I'll really be doing is finding more and more, and better and better ways to be "young" and have fun.
Never Stop, GET FIT.
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