27 in 27

Yes, the rumors swirling around are in fact true. Today is my 27th birthday. I’ve officially entered my late twenties, which makes me old in the eyes of all the students I work with 🙂 I thought I’d share 27 lessons I’ve learned as I begin my 27th year of life.

  1. The Twins, Vikings, or Timberwolves may never win another championship in my lifetime. Such is the life of a Minnesota sports fan.
  2. Character in the form of godliness is the single most important thing a person can have.
  3. The west coast is so much better than the midwest. Not really even a comparison.
  4. Oregon > California (though my sisters will debate me on this). We have seasons, less people, lower cost of living, lower taxes (California is really broke, Oregon is less broke), our ocean beaches are more beautiful, we can survive w/o air conditioning in the summer.
  5. Proposing at an incredible location is vitally important. It’s a story that gets retold your entire life.
  6. Proposing to the right woman is infinitely more important.
  7. Marriage is by far the best and hardest thing I’ve ever done.
  8. It’s easy to put my wife before my God, and doing so ultimately turns me into a a worse husband and a worse follower of Christ.
  9. High school sports are a big deal if you’re in high school or if you’re a parent. Otherwise, no one cares too much.
  10. Getting a hole in one is actually a difficult thing to do. I never would have thought I’d go through a 12 year hole in one drought.
  11. When you get older, no one cares how high you can jump or how good your crossover move is. But in high school, entire identities are formed around those two things.
  12. Everyone puts their pants on one leg at a time.
  13. Sometimes I’m too stubborn. Usually if I don’t adopt into something very early then I’ll fight against it until it succeeds and then I’ll champion it. Good thing my wife is the same way.
  14. Sports aren’t life and death, especially when your team loses 😉
  15. There’s a lot of hipsters in Portland. They all love skinny jeans, old bikes, and beanies that go on half their head.
  16. Having a close family is such a blessing. I wish more people could experience it.
  17. Call me unsophisticated but ice cream will always be the best dessert.
  18. Even if it costs more in rent $, not living in an apartment is worth it.
  19. No one has more energy than middle school girls.
  20. No one has more drama than high school girls.
  21. Don’t ever give me a crossword puzzle. I’m not smart enough for those things.
  22. Paying attention in school actually is important in the long run.
  23. Formation is much more important than memorization.
  24. Writing is rarely easy.
  25. I don’t know that I’ll ever feel fully qualified to lead God’s people at a local church.
  26. Apple makes better hardware products than any other company. I was a staunch PC fan until 2007.
  27. I have a lot to learn.

I’ll be spending the day at one of my favorite places on earth and also the spot where I proposed to Rose. Couldn’t ask for a better day.