Today is the beginning of my 43rd rotation around the sun. I'm not expecting much different than the previous rotation, except 42 was the supposed to be the year that I discovered what the meaning of Life, The Universe, and Everything. However, much like Deep Thought, Douglas Adam's super computer in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy which was designed to figure out the meaning of life, I don't know what the question should be to even fathom an answer.
The 42nd year saw many things happen in my life - Ella started pre-school, Ean was officially placed in the High Ability program and excelling at it, April went back to school to start a new career and many other great things happened over the year. As for me, I wrote a novel, became a cub scout den leader, began running, completed several 5K races and a 4 mile race with personal best time, and spent time with friends and family. All of these things don't add up to any meaning of life in a grand philosophical manner, but they mean the world to me.
So after an exciting 42nd year, the day before my 43rd birthday I achieved one more milestone to top off the year. For the first time since 1998, I now officially weigh under 200 lbs.
One of the perks of starting running is that I've seen a gradual decline of weight. It was not intentional, but not necessarily discouraged and then I embraced it. I'm not shooting to be a string bean, but want to reach the ideal weight for my height. I'm not rushing it and I can see it potentially happening next year or the year after, but my main focus is running. The goal is to reach further distances and having less weight to pull should help me achieve that quicker.
I'd like to thank April throughout this past year. Her encouragement and support of my running is one of the main reasons that I continue. Even to the point that she joined me at the Fort For Fitness run, which was something for her as she hates having to run. The support of family, friends and children is the real meaning of life and if nothing else that is what I learned during the ripe old age of 42.
Now that I am 43, I now look forward to what this year will bring.