47

Turned 47 on Friday. Dawn reminded me I’m no longer in my mid-40’s; now I’m in my late 40’s – haha.

We started the day with a trip to Pip’s to get some donuts, which is always a good way to start your weekend.

When we got home, I got to open presents – so many awesome gifts from Dawn and Ian. And the card the dude picked out cracked me up.

Then, while Ian was in class, I got to spend some time in my garage gym.

That evening, we rented out the entire theater and watched Godzilla vs Kong. The movie was a blast and it was so nice to be in a theater again. (masked, social distance seating, and private)

Then, the next morning, I got my first vaccine shot – happy and hopeful things will become some new normal soon.

I’m really grateful for everything in my life and had a fantastic birthday.

41

So I turned 41 last week.

It was the first time I have worked on my birthday in, well, I don’t remember the last time I have done so. And to be honest, I didn’t really mind. I think that was due to a couple reasons.

We had plans for a fun weekend at WonderCon, so I had the day after my birthday off, plus I knew we would have a blast. Check out our pictures from the convention here:

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Also, I actually love my job these days. Not that I hated my previous, just that I was getting a bit bored with it. Now, I genuinely love what I do and feel like I learn every day I’m there, while still being helpful to my team with all my years in the industry.

41 is just a number. I’m both a young man, and an old man. Sometimes even a grumpy old man.

That’s all, just a few random thoughts for now. Take care.

Just another day

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Reverend Kusala posted this on his Facebook wall today and I thought it was perfect. Today I’m officially 39 years young. It’s funny, Dawn and I were talking about ‘getting older’ last night and we agree it just doesn’t seem real. Even though we are each that age, there are times we admit we still feel like kids.

And you know what, in a way, I intend to keep it that way. It isn’t to say we don’t want to be responsible adults, but to me it is more about trying to live in the present moment. Age really is just another classification we force upon ourselves and others, with very little meaning. The present moment is what is important; whether we are working at our jobs, coaching a soccer team, sitting in meditation, lifting a 500lb deadlift, or just taking a nice stroll along the beach. Being present.

So that is what I’ve been reflecting on today, between my back to back meetings at work; not worried about being 39, 59, or even 99, just being.

I hope you enjoyed this, now a message from me in a former life:

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Happy Birthday your Holiness. My birthday wishes to the Dalai Lama.

Years ago when I was searching for a path I picked up a small book on Buddhism and remember thinking ‘wow, I’ve always thought this’ & ‘this makes perfect sense’. From there I started reading your books, which further deepened my interest in the Dharma. Then I found out you would be giving a public talk soon, but it was sold out by the time I had found out. Well, I drove up to UCLA anyways. When I arrived, I happened to find a man outside selling a single ticket at face value. An auspicious sign if I may say so.

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When I tell friends of this day, the only way I know how to express it was that I could literally ‘feel’ you walk into the room. And even though I was way up in the back of the audience, it was as if you and I were alone and you were speaking directly to me. This changed my life. I went home that evening, shaved my head, and knew I was to set foot on the Buddhist path.

Soon after, I took refuge and accepted the 5 Precepts under Venerable Master Hsing Yun of the Fo Guang Shan order. There is a wonderful picture of you and my Master in one of the offices at Hsi Lai Temple that I enjoy seeing any chance I get.

I have been fortunate enough to have found my way to the Dharma, and am thankful to you for being a big part of that.

May the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in all directions continue to shine their light upon you.

…joining palms, bowing head to floor.

Kris