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 Β 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.”Β  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!

40 thoughts on “The days drag on but the years they fly by!”

  1. Happy Belated Birthday! What a thought provoking post. Found your website a few weeks ago, and have been reading and thinking since. This is going to be all over the place since I can’t comment on some of the older posts.

    I watched the trailer to Smothered. Can’t wait to see it; looks like it’s going to be a hoot! “A cult classic” was my first thought. Was happy to see that one reviewer say the same thing!

    I’ve never been to a real swamp, but they seem to be eerie yet beautiful. So cool you have a spirit occupying yours.

    Good for you for fulfilling a dream! Good luck with the studio; looks like you’re already off to a good start!

  2. U R Doing a Wonderful Job of taking Care of UR Weight and Working so Hard,I So Hope UR getting the rest U need as well,And I’m sorry I didn’t get here sooner,There has been a lot going on here and I am not staying on top of things like I want to,and I’m sorry.
    I really hope U had a Great Birthday.
    Was wondering about one statement U Made but,I guess it’s none Of My Bee’s wax Right ? lol

  3. Happy Birthday!! I love that watching you in the Dukes can still make me smile like it did back in the day.

  4. The path of life ends up looking very much like the path a Super Ball takes when hurled into a bathroom.
    (The Super Ball – one of the most parent-confiscated toys of the 1960’s.)

  5. Happy Birthday John!
    Having birth days are like celebrating milestones on a journey. Aging isn’t necessarily a bad thing and I don’t really relate it with having birth days. I look at aging like a rare bottle of wine or a fine musical instrument – the older it gets the sweeter it is. Birth days are just numbers. There is a poem that our priest uses at funerals. It talks about the dash between the numbers. It is what we do with our dash that matters not the beginning or the end, those are just the starting and ending points. For me: it is being a loving and devoted wife, my children’s Mom, being a better sister to my brothers and sister, a good aunt to my nieces and nephews, doing the best I can as a 4-H advisor and most importantly, living my faith as best I can. I know that I fall short sometimes but that is part of life. God is always there to help me pick myself up and we start journey on together. Treasure every day as if it is your last and love like there is no tomorrow! Hope you had a very good day!

  6. Hi John, I know I already congratulated you in person but now that you wrote this post I wanted to wish you a very happy birthday again. I hope you keep on achieving all your dreams, I think you will. I also think that every new year or new birthday is a chance we have to review our lives, what we did and what we want and to set new goals. Keep on enjoying your special day πŸ™‚

      1. Can I guess one reason why you liked that film? It’s because of the way that character blooms and blossoms over the course of the story, the way each time he says that line, it’s just a little different. You make me watch all these things twice because it’s those little things you do that take the story a little deeper. And the ending where the pretty teacher in her excitement gives him a kiss, and he looks at her like she’s from another planet. I miss these things the first time. and how do you know how to do these things?
        Lake Placid 2 is a good example too. I bet I watched that a dozen times before I saw that beautiful little gesture that makes the kiss (best one in any TV movie) make sense. (You know I have a soft spot for Sheriff Riley, the change in him is much more subtle but it’s there.)
        Didn’t mean to go on like that. talk to you again later.

  7. Happy BIRTHDAY Mr. Schneider. I LOV’D u as BO DUKE, JONATHAN KENT n now JIM CRYER in OTHER words I jus LOV me som U lol. GOD BLESS U and may you continue to do what you lov for many years to come

  8. You are correct, the years are short, it is the days that are long. For myself, I always say, time flies when you don’t know what you’re doing. Mostly, I just try to be thankful for the simple joys of every day; And again, especially for this post, thank you for sharing.
    You know, I look at the old episodes of the Dukes, and just shake my head, and think, my oh my, eighteen, just look at all the things you knew how to do, that flying no-hands leap into the General Lee . . my goodness! Your only mistake was making it look so easy that no one realized how hard you were working.
    Hope your birthday is memorable!

  9. Happy Birthday Mr. John..Hope your day is filled with PEACE,JOY,HAPPINESS,& Lots of LOVE..God Bless To You πŸ™‚
    As for what it means to me to have another birthday….I thank our Precious Lord for granting me another day of life…I in all reality am truly Blessed..Like you this God Willing will be my 54th year…I try every day to be the best I know how to be as a Mother,Wife,& Friend to others & I ask for forgiveness if I do wrong for me & to someone else because I do have faults..All in all I have a “WONDERFUL” life & can ask for no more than what I have been blessed with….
    Blessings & Wishes, Tyra

  10. Happy 54th Birthday. wish to meet you again around our birthdays in the near future. as i am april 23. we have wished each other happy birthdays in the past face to face in 2009 and 2012. how often can a fan have that kind of memory with a celeb like u. also if i am not mistaken ur mom’s bday is in May. that was when i was suppose to b born but decided to show up early lol. Again Happy Birthday.

  11. Time might fly by but you have done an incredible job of keeping yourself looking great. You have been so helpful in getting people to lose weight. Happy Birthday John, you don’t even look 54. I hope you are having a great time because it sure sounds like you are. Thanks for all you do for everyone. You are AMAZING so Happy Birthday again

  12. John, how expressive you are today celebrating 54 years of wonderful, exhilarating times and sometimes a few sad days. You have love from all over the world as people join to say how they have enjoyed your work, your many performances, your exciting entertainment, and your profound blogs. Thanks for bringing us along for this roller coaster ride. Best of everything for your JS Studios and role as director. Have fun and just be yourself and live it to the max!

    1. This is just between me and Mary Lou: I read these blogs and so often you say what i’m thinking only better. Anyone who has Mary Lou for a friend I think is pretty lucky. I wish I could meet you for coffee sometime and just gab. I’ll be looking for your facebook page if that;s OK with you..

  13. Sounds like you have a fantastic day planned on your birthday, John! You sound especially happy writing this post and I’m happy for you. My God, you look amazing…I enjoyed taking a GOOD look at your photos. (Didn’t know you were a James Dean fan. So am I.) I also want to thank you for inspiring your fans the way you do. Your positive energy is infectious! You just keep getting better, John, every year…but many of us loved you just fine many years ago when you were driving that orange car! Love you lots!

  14. Happy Birthday to you. I hope you have a great day. I grew up watching Dukes of Hazzard, and later as an adult with my children we watched you in Dukes of Hazzard reruns, as well as on Smallville. I was really young when I watched Dukes of Hazzard, God bless you, and your family.

  15. Hi John, first of all let me congratulate you for having come to your first 54 years, and if as you say and you say well the years go by too fast to me too I have been very fast the years very little was you and I very boys and now 2 people are mature because you and I are the same age you are only 7 months older than me as you see this? and forth with the P90X make you look splendid look good so John very well too, later.

  16. John, when I had the honor of meeting you, you didn’t look a day over 30! You are the most youthful actor I know! I hope that you have a wonderful birthday and many more to come! My best to you!

  17. You DO make a difference. You were there when I was recovering from cancer surgery. Your words helped my daughter. You even signed a “get well” card for my Pa, back in 1985, before he passed. So many people love you. I don’t know anyone who has anything bad to say about you. My life has been a roller coaster. I’ll be 45, June 11. I keep thinking I probably won’t be around another 45. And I’m okay with that.
    I don’t mind getting older, I wish I didn’t have to physically work so hard to make ends meet. What I want more than anything before I leave this world, is someone to say they love me, and to mean it. I don’t mean romantically. I want to be able to sense it, not all the fake stuff that comes out of people’s mouths.

  18. Happy Birthday from your “friends” in Livingston Parish. I’m sure today will be difficult being the first birthday celebrated without your dad but take comfort in knowing that he is with you in spirit. How proud he must have been of you, the man you became, and of all your accomplishments both personally and professionally.
    It does sound like you’re off to a GREAT start celebrating your 54th. Enjoy your day! Only the best people celebrate a birthday in April. My 43rd is on the 12th. We need to celebrate with a huge crawfish boil at the studio when you come back to the LP.
    Happy Birthday, John!

    Love ya,

  19. Definitely long and winding with 90 and 180 degree turns here and there. Sometimes I even had the feeling I made 360 degree turns and I that I could start all over again.

    Untill April last year… πŸ˜‰ My life has changed so much since that day. Not sure what kind of turn that was, but it felt like a trip in a rocket.

    Next year… Reached my goal with my weightloss, did some amazing writing, helped as much people as I could in a year, and (hopefully) finally being able to become a BB Coach.

    Not going to be sentimental here. Already did that on your FB Page. Just gonna say… Cheers, have a great day and a fantastic 54th year.

  20. Great Blog John. I hope you have an amazing birthday and year ahead You deserve it. Wishing you the best life has to offer always πŸ˜€
    As for me I reach the big 40 at the end of this year. I can truly say I am not dreading it like I was a few years back.

  21. How a deep review of your 54th year! “Great profesional gains and tremendous personal loss”…..That means that you have lived……I hope your 54th year brings you “great personal gains…”……it is what matters!!!
    A hug!

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