I still have such vivid memories of being a child myself (and some days I suppose I can act like one - LOL). It seems only yesterday I was playing with my children - now I’m playing with grandchildren and realizing my knees don’t hold up so well on the hardwood floor. The reality of life - and all the inevitable changes that occur - are happening. The truth is, I don’t mind getting older.
This wasn’t always the case. In my 20’s I felt immortal. In my 30’s I couldn’t imagine 40. In my 40’s - 60 felt ancient and old. Now, I simply don’t worry about it. My life is richly blessed beyond measure. I sit here today with a home; my health; an incredible spouse; a great relationship with my daughter, her husband (who I call son), two awesome grandsons, and a grand daughter on the way; and I have wonderful friends. I get to do work I love (teaching, coaching, investing) and I have a great supply of bourbon and red wine. That’s not bad at 59.
In honor of this big day, I sat down and wrote out 59 things I now know to be true - sort of life lessons. If I’m lucky and I get to 60 next year, I’ll add another observation to the list. I’ll keep going for as long as I keep going. And if I’m lucky, I’ll create a really long list.
Here they are, Michael Burcham’s 59 life lessons... more to come I hope.
Time to buckle up and make another trip around the sun.
Michael is an executive coach, entrepreneur, investor, and strategist with 30 years of experience leading investor-backed, high-growth organizations.
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