It's been 5 years since I wrote "Thirty". So now I have to come up with 35 things as I turned 35 yesterday. If anything from Thirty is grossly wrong or really interesting I'll update it at the same number eh?
- I still don't have it figured out, but this isn't such a shock anymore.
- Building a house is more scary.
- Minivans are awesome.
- Expecting a third kid is not nearly as scary as expecting the first.
- COVID sucked.
- Modern medicine is pretty cool actually.
- More stuff hurts, still just as healthy.
- Dishwashers aren't really as scary to repair as they seem (but that doesn't mean you won't lose your mind fixing one).
- The feeling you get as a parent when your kid gets hurt is impossible to describe.
- Being knocked out from a crazy car accident is also no fun.
- Carseats are magic.
- I've accepted that the music I liked in 2010 is going to be the music I'll like forever.
- Thanks to the internet there is an endless stream of new music that is at home with music from 2010 or even 2000 (Underoath just released a new album for crying out loud).
- Open source software is incredible.
- The thrill from in-progress software working for the first time will never get old for me.
- Feedback loops are important in every area of life not just software.
- The year of Linux on the desktop is a moving target.
- RSS will never die.
- Mechanical keyboards are a refreshing change and I'm not sure why.
- The Aeropress is still incredible.
- Computers were a mistake.
- Computers are a miracle.
- The Three-Body Problem trilogy continues to knock around in my brain months after finishing it.
- Watching your child accomplish something for the first time that they've been working on is a feeling unlike any other.
- I've realized I learn best by doing, I need to get better at accounting for the bumps along the way.
- I write things down to remember them later not to look them up later which means most note systems are not worth the trouble for me.
- Life will be shallow if you only hang out with people like you.
- Anything is possible on an infinite timescale the trick is figuring out what do with finite time.
- RIP Rdio.
- Never pass on an opportunity to twirl your kids around when they're small. They get big fast.
- Hanlon's razor explains most of social media.
- If you work at a desk all day you owe it to yourself to remove as much Bluetooth from that setup as possible.
- None of your peers has it all figured out. Ask them "dumb" questions.
- Properly evaluating risks when your kids are involved is hard.
- Keep a sweatshirt handy by your bed when your kids are young, getting up at 2am in the winter is cold.
❤️ you Christi