A Thought on My 29th Birthday

A Thought on My 29th Birthday


This world demands the qualities of youth; not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the life of ease.

– Robert F. Kennedy

Last year I lead my birthday post off with the same quote I cited above and spoke of striving to retain the spirit that no dragon is unslayable.  29 has struck me with a bit of urgency and this year I’d like to reflect on action.

The “appetite for adventure over the life of ease” is the most romantic way to put that need for action.  The reality is that if your adventures are in the world of business and entrepreneurship it’s an appetite for sleep deprivation and stress that will be prevailing over that life of ease.

It’s only by accepting that life of adventure (and stress) that the dragon becomes ACTUALLY slayable.  Last year’s post missed this point and could be read as encouraging a life of believing you could slay a dragon without actually taking one on.

So look for me to grab my sword and put in a lot of extra hours this year.  It’s time I met one of these dragons.

P.S.  I wrote this entire post sitting up on my hotel bed while taking a break from my side project.  I then did a search for images with “Knight” in the title and LOOK what I found.  Is that not the perfect image for this post?

  • Sheppard Narkier

    Great insight Jonathan, so how many years will you remain 29? By the way that armor looks fit for the Android logo that google uses.