I've felt like I was 36 for the last few years. I don't know how many people I incorrectly told I was 36 before today. More than a few I'm sure. Well, today it is finally true. I am 36. Today was a mostly muted birthday for me because I'm really deep in this new thing. That and the birthday celebration with more family is this weekend. However, today is the actual day and I like to spend a little time to reflect on where I'm at and how I feel. Overall, I think I feel most one thing: I feel alive.
In the past, I'd describe my "work" with three buckets: work (aka: day job, Microsoft), business (aka: side job, RobMensching.com LLC) and volunteer (aka: night job, WiX toolset). It is with great satisfaction that I'm not doing that any more. I have one focus now: the WiX toolset.
It's early days but already I spend all my working hours thinking about ways to make the WiX toolset more awesome, talking to people about how the WiX toolset can make their product more awesome, or actually writing code that makes the WiX toolset more awesome.
I cannot think of a better way to spend my working hours, 5:00am to 5:00pm every weekday. Usually I'm in bed by 9:30pm. Tonight I'm reflecting.
If success was based solely on the support an entrepreneur's family provides then I would be destined for greatness. My family has been one great cheerleading squad as I launch on this grand new adventure. They are led by my wife who does things big and small to help me be successful.
But it is the quality of time that matters most. Ultimate flexibility allows me to irregularly take a weekday morning off to take my boy swimming because that is when they are open and he is not napping. Immediate proximity allows me to run out of the house at the end of the day to join my wife and son when I see them just start their walk.
I feel more present. I feel more alive. I feel excited because we are just getting started.