The days drag on but the years they fly by!

It’s that time again… Birthday time!

So hard to believe because it truly seems as if I just had one about a month ago! How is it that the years have gotten so short?

I remember, when I was a kid or a young adult, how long a year was. If someone said…. “That could take a year” I thought it was the end of the world. “A year? A whole year..? Impossible… a year is. like… forever!”

A selfie with JD

Not any more.

This was a year of great change. Of the start of tangible evidence of a dream realized with Smothered and the studio. A year of great professional gains and tremendous personal loss.

All in all it’s been a good year. The best, actually. I’ve become closer with my children, more understanding of my wife and she more of me. I’ve written more complex stories, brought additional layers to characters and gotten into better shape than ever before. I’ve made new friends and removed myself from others not so friendly.

It’s been a year of growth… loss… IMG_0833and soul searching. It’s also been a year of poison ivy but that’s a whole other story.

I look forward to what the days will bring in this my 54th. If the results are anything like what is bouncing around in my head it’s going to be one hell of a ride!

Thank you for hanging in there with me. For trying to understand an overweight kids dream in a fit old guys body. Thanks for urging me on and, occasionally, trying to hold me back when I got too close to the edge.

I had a wonderful dinner with Elly and Toby last night. The first text this morning was from Karis… my Biscuit. Will do my daily P90X3 workout (see sidebar to get yours if you dare!) Am heading to work on a film to play a role that has quickly become out of character for me… a good guy… Then it’s off to dinner and beer with Leah and Jarred.

Today is  going to be a great day. I can feel it in my bones!

Look at your birthdays as mile markers that let you know you are here. Make your time here count. Do what ever you can to make the rooms you leave, the sidewalks on which you walk and the lives you touch even slightly better than they were before you got there.

I’m not saying that I do this personally. I am saying that I am aware that I should. And that… I believe… that knowledge is the beginning of change… of growth.

How do you feel getting older? Are you doing what you can to make a difference in the world? Your neighborhood? A single life?

Has your road been long and winding? Straight and narrow? Or, like mine, a series of straight lines interrupted by a series of 90 degree turns?

What will your life look like a year from now?



PS –
Some people say I sound like a broken record with this Beachbody P90X, T25, Shakeology, Ultimate Reset, fitness workout thing. Here’s why:

Me at 50Before4 years ago…

And me at 544-up on 4-8-14 at 11.28 AM #4this morning.

‘Nuff said?

Decide to make a change and click right here on “I want you to be MY coach, John.”¬† Or go to my “Health & Fitness” tab there to the left. It’ll shock you to find out what you can do once you’ve made a decision. It sure did me. This is the first day of the rest of your life. It’s up to YOU what shape you live it in!

You can even be a COACH yourself. See what it’s like having someone pay you to work out!