They are important opportunities for self-evaluation. Mine is tomorrow. I'll be 33. Here is a summary of my major accomplishments:
I finished law school ten years ago. I have a decent job that keeps me pretty happy. I've had a chance to live one of my dreams as a dancer. I write and there are a few folks out there who like what I have to say. I am healthy. I am married. I have my name on the title of a piece of real estate in the city. I have family that loves me, and I love them too.
All things considered, at 33, I've lived more than a third of my expected life span. So maybe it is time for me to figure out what I need to have accomplished by the time I reach 66.
In the first third of my life, it was vitally important for me to declare some measure of accomplishment by achieving various dreams and goals by the age of 30. Looking back, I can honestly say that other than graduating from law school before the age of 25, everything else has been a happy coincidence. Nothing else has really gone according to my plans.
So as much as I would like to specify my goals and objectives for the next 33 years, I can't. I will just hope for the best, deal with what comes, and thank God for it all along the way.