So, in another break from tech posts, here goes…
Passion – I’m lucky enough to have found a career I love, from an early age, and to know 100% that this is still what I want to do. Although my precise job / role may change, I will always, at some level, be a software engineer. Not many folks find their passion this easily, and so I’m really thankful that I have.
Health – At 43, I’m surprisingly well and — although the people telling me this usually do so in dark bars! — I’m told I don’t look my age. <looks in nearest mirror> I still love exercise (not enough, but I’m working on it), walk wherever I can in this amazing city and, touch wood, nothing about my health currently stops me from enjoying that. I’m thankful I decided to ditch the drink 9+ months ago. It wasn’t causing me problems but, via some other inspiring people, I caught a glimpse of what life without it could be like, and ditching it has made me realise how much of an energy / health drain it was. So I’m thankful for that. And my liver is thankful too!
Friends – I firmly believe I’ve been one of the luckiest people ever, in terms of the friends I have. I don’t have as many as some folks, but the ones I have are people I can truly rely upon. Collectively, they know me from all angles, flaws and all. Between them, I have people I can be stupid with, chat seriously with, talk intellectually with, or just have a fun night with. It can sometimes be a lonely old world and so this, more than many other things, I’m thankful for.
Fun – I still appear to know how to have fun and I’m thankful I haven’t forgotten how to do that. Life can be too serious. I’m massively thankful that this is also still true without alcohol, as I know many can’t do it without a drink. I am still the guy who’s up and going at 3am… with a lime & soda.
Confidence – Lastly, I am finally comfortable in my own skin. I think that’s all I need to say about the last one 🙂