For my 30th birthday, my wife arranged for a large group of friends and family to send me their ideas of what a perfect birthday for me would look like. As I read through this thoughtful and fun glimpses into how the people around me see me, I was overwhelmed with my feelings for them.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the group of friends and loved ones I’ve accumulated over the years. Some of them I’ve known for decades. Some I experienced only for a year or two and now occasionally get updates on. Some I’ve met a few times. My feelings bring me to two thoughts.

  1. The overwhelming amount of love, passion, appreciation I feel for these people. The desire I have to spend more time and share more of life with them
  2. I’m lack possession of the ability to capture that feeling and give it to those people. It’s not a lack of words. It’s the feeling that words and actions aren’t enough. These people are part of the very fiber of my being, and without what I feel for them, I just wouldn’t exist.

I know. What is that all about? As I look back on my first 30 years on this planet, I’m overwhelmed with the belief that through every event and change the most important and lasting part of my life are the people. And not just the people I’ve known for decades. But the classmates I’ve shared football games with. The fellow late night waffle lovers I’ve been to Waffle House with. The friends of friends I’ve met at weddings. The person I chatted with at a party about a new football coach. The team I fought through lack of sleep with at Startup Weekend in Orlando. Bunk mates at camp. Roommates in college. Bret’s sister in law. The folks who attended Gatti’s sunday nights in college. Friends from my brief stint at Virginia Tech. Old coworkers who I miss. New coworkers who I’m excited to know more of. Folks from choirs a sang in in high school. Republicans and Democrats. Gay and straight. Christian, agnostic, hindu, and whatever else.

There is this endless list of people who have affected my life and made it the joyful thing that it is. And I just want to say to every single one of them: thank you. But more than that, I love you. And even more than that, I want to know you more. Whatever you think of our friendship, or lack thereof, know that I want more of it. I want to know you better and share more laughs and tears with you.

I’m excited about the next 30 years. I hope I get another 30. I can’t imagine all the people I will meet and get to know. I’ve got at least one new one in my house, and I can’t wait for her to grow up so I can get to know her. My only hope is that for the people I share life with in the next 30 years, I feel more satisfaction that I’ve been able to express to them how glad I am that I got the honor of having them in my life.

For my 30th birthday, my wife arranged for a large group of friends and family to send me their ideas of what a perfect birthday for me would look like. As I read through this thoughtful and fun glimpses into how the people around me see me, I was overwhelmed with my feelings for them.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the group of friends and loved ones I’ve accumulated over the years. Some of them I’ve known for decades. Some I experienced only for a year or two and now occasionally get updates on. Some I’ve met a few times. My feelings bring me to two thoughts.

  1. The overwhelming amount of love, passion, appreciation I feel for these people. The desire I have to spend more time and share more of life with them
  2. I’m lack possession of the ability to capture that feeling and give it to those people. It’s not a lack of words. It’s the feeling that words and actions aren’t enough. These people are part of the very fiber of my being, and without what I feel for them, I just wouldn’t exist.

I know. What is that all about? As I look back on my first 30 years on this planet, I’m overwhelmed with the belief that through every event and change the most important and lasting part of my life are the people. And not just the people I’ve known for decades. But the classmates I’ve shared football games with. The fellow late night waffle lovers I’ve been to Waffle House with. The friends of friends I’ve met at weddings. The person I chatted with at a party about a new football coach. The team I fought through lack of sleep with at Startup Weekend in Orlando. Bunk mates at camp. Roommates in college. Bret’s sister in law. The folks who attended Gatti’s sunday nights in college. Friends from my brief stint at Virginia Tech. Old coworkers who I miss. New coworkers who I’m excited to know more of. Folks from choirs a sang in in high school. Republicans and Democrats. Gay and straight. Christian, agnostic, hindu, and whatever else.

There is this endless list of people who have affected my life and made it the joyful thing that it is. And I just want to say to every single one of them: thank you. But more than that, I love you. And even more than that, I want to know you more. Whatever you think of our friendship, or lack thereof, know that I want more of it. I want to know you better and share more laughs and tears with you.

I’m excited about the next 30 years. I hope I get another 30. I can’t imagine all the people I will meet and get to know. I’ve got at least one new one in my house, and I can’t wait for her to grow up so I can get to know her. My only hope is that for the people I share life with in the next 30 years, I feel more satisfaction that I’ve been able to express to them how glad I am that I got the honor of having them in my life.

Here's a dump of the podcasts I'm listening to at the start of 2016. I'm gonna cobble together a list of my favorites next week. Sorry for the lack of links, search the titles in your favorite podcast client/platform and you should find them.

  • 5by5 at the Movies
  • 99% Invisible
  • Accidental Tech Podcast
  • The Alton Browncast (okay it was inactive for all of 2015, but I'm holding out hope Alton returns...)
  • Analog(ue)
  • Back to Work
  • The Bill Simmons Podcast
  • Channel 33
  • Clockwise
  • Connected
  • Core Intuition
  • Cortex
  • Criminal
  • Debug
  • The Distance
  • Electric Shadow
  • Exponent
  • The Flop House
  • For The Record
  • Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler
  • Harry Potter: The Chapter Titles Were So Good
  • Hello Internet
  • Home Work
  • How Did This Get Made?
  • Judge John Hodgman
  • Just The Tip
  • Liftoff
  • Lore
  • The Moment with Brian Koppelman
  • Myke at the Movies
  • Quit with After Dark Post-Shows
  • Reconcilable Differences
  • Review
  • Road Work
  • Roderick on the Line
  • Serial
  • Shawn Today
  • Song Exploder
  • The Sporkful
  • Stuff You Missed in History Class
  • Stuff You Should Know
  • Style Guide Podcast
  • Surprisingly Awesome
  • The Talk Show With John Gruber
  • The Tim Ferriss Show
  • Top Four
  • Top Scallops
  • The Truth
  • Under the Radar
  • Unjustly Maligned
  • Upgrade
  • Vector
  • You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes

Here's a dump of the podcasts I'm listening to at the start of 2016. I'm gonna cobble together a list of my favorites next week. Sorry for the lack of links, search the titles in your favorite podcast client/platform and you should find them.

  • 5by5 at the Movies
  • 99% Invisible
  • Accidental Tech Podcast
  • The Alton Browncast (okay it was inactive for all of 2015, but I'm holding out hope Alton returns...)
  • Analog(ue)
  • Back to Work
  • The Bill Simmons Podcast
  • Channel 33
  • Clockwise
  • Connected
  • Core Intuition
  • Cortex
  • Criminal
  • Debug
  • The Distance
  • Electric Shadow
  • Exponent
  • The Flop House
  • For The Record
  • Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler
  • Harry Potter: The Chapter Titles Were So Good
  • Hello Internet
  • Home Work
  • How Did This Get Made?
  • Judge John Hodgman
  • Just The Tip
  • Liftoff
  • Lore
  • The Moment with Brian Koppelman
  • Myke at the Movies
  • Quit with After Dark Post-Shows
  • Reconcilable Differences
  • Review
  • Road Work
  • Roderick on the Line
  • Serial
  • Shawn Today
  • Song Exploder
  • The Sporkful
  • Stuff You Missed in History Class
  • Stuff You Should Know
  • Style Guide Podcast
  • Surprisingly Awesome
  • The Talk Show With John Gruber
  • The Tim Ferriss Show
  • Top Four
  • Top Scallops
  • The Truth
  • Under the Radar
  • Unjustly Maligned
  • Upgrade
  • Vector
  • You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes

I recently trimmed some fat here, so I think things are a little tighter than last year. But here is a look at the websites I'm reading daily in 2016...

Andrew Alexander Price - RSS
The Newsprint - RSS
meh.com - RSS
Mr. Money Mustache - RSS
GitLab - RSS
Be More with Less - RSS
Minimal Desks - RSS
Liss is More - RSS
Lists of Note - RSS
FastMail Blog - RSS
Analog Senses - RSS
Letters of Note - RSS
Sportsgeekonomics - RSS
Marco.org - RSS
Freshome - RSS
Remodelista - RSS
Get Rich Slowly - RSS
The Wirecutter - RSS
Daring Fireball - RSS
Tools and Toys - RSS
Manton Reece - RSS
inessential.com - RSS
Rocky Top Talk - RSS
Raptitude.com - RSS
512 Pixels - RSS
Rands in Repose - RSS
Remodelaholic - RSS
Local Milk - RSS
Cabin Porn - RSS
Sketchnote Army - RSS
chrisbowler.com - RSS
The Sweet Setup - RSS
Chris Brakebill - RSS
Pixel Envy - RSS
The Cramped - RSS
House Tweaking - RSS
My Morning Routine - RSS
Bourbon & Tradition - RSS
Unsplash - RSS