Things I've Learned: On My 40th Birthday

Things I've Learned: On My 40th BirthdayToday, I turn 40. Living on this planet for forty years teaches you a thing or two.

Here are ten things I've learned along the way.

Get in shape and stay there

You can't teach experience

Some people just want to watch the world burn

Always save your source files

Talk to your kids about everything and anything

Never stop learning - you don't know it all

You don't need religion

If you can walk or bike there, do so

Learn from your mistakes (and the mistakes of others)

Take lots of pictures


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Heppy Birthday Mike!

June 27, 2014 @ 9:53 AM


Add one more:

Learn how to pose for a decent photo.

June 27, 2014 @ 9:55 AM


You and your "friend" make a striking couple.

Happy Birthday!

BTW, in your next 40 years you may find you do in fact "need" religion.

June 27, 2014 @ 10:06 AM


Good lessons for all of us to take in (I'll leave the religion part alone, why re hash that one)

June 27, 2014 @ 10:16 AM

Lyle Lanley

Happy birthday! And happy pride week! ;-)

June 27, 2014 @ 10:19 AM

this guest

another thing
after 40
it really speeds up

great list
I would add
Be aware of big mistakes you've seen people
make and don't make them

that one usually works best in hindsight

June 27, 2014 @ 10:27 AM


10 great points. Well done.

June 27, 2014 @ 10:27 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@this guest

You're right - I've edited my list

June 27, 2014 @ 10:36 AM


Happy birthday Mike.

Along with "save your source files" I'd suggest "keep proper backups". Ideally off-site like with a cloud service, so your work and memories can survive even a house fire or theft.

June 27, 2014 @ 10:40 AM


Happy 40th birthday Mike. Good list. You do not infact need religion.

June 27, 2014 @ 10:44 AM


Sweet list, Mike! Nicely done.

Congratulations to you on all of your successes!

This must be a very Happy Birthday for you - very happy indeed. Have an excellent 40th year - with many more happy birthdays and years ahead.

June 27, 2014 @ 10:46 AM


P.S. Roshan is absolutely right on the religion front.

June 27, 2014 @ 10:51 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I'm honestly not trying to have a "religion is bullshit" conversation here. I included that line because it's something significant I learned over the past twenty years and chatting with my 12 year old and 10 year old I know I made the right call in cutting all aspects of religion from our lives.

This is a personal list and I've personally learned that you don't need religion. If you want religion in your life and need religion in your life, that's great for your list of things you've learned.

This list belongs to me. :)

June 27, 2014 @ 10:58 AM

Sam in Pickering

And Happy Birthday!

June 27, 2014 @ 11:09 AM


@ Mike - Absolutely, I think we could all do with a bit more live and let live

June 27, 2014 @ 11:16 AM

Al Reda

I like this list. It's sensible.

And you're right, you can't teach experience. You see things differently at 40 than you do at 20.


Guy who just turned 40

June 27, 2014 @ 11:40 AM


I suppose no one really NEEDS to have religion in their life. As to if you want it in your life, as Mike stated, its a personal choice.

I liked George Carlin but unoriginal anti-religion people always trot out this clip. How about Carlin's clip which slams environmentalists? That one is much funnier.

June 27, 2014 @ 11:41 AM


Happy Birthday, Mike!

Nice list.

Regards from a guy who has turned 50.

June 27, 2014 @ 11:42 AM

this guest

*most* religions I am aware of have lost
that connection to
the things that people were connected
to for tens of thousands of years

mythical thought

not the same as 'believing in myths'

June 27, 2014 @ 12:45 PM

Al The Royal Pain

Happy Birthday Mike! I'll be joining the 40 club next year.

June 27, 2014 @ 1:48 PM


Happy Birthday Mike---and many more.
And a couple I have learned in my 59 years :):
Count your blessings. There may be people that have more, but there is always someone who has less.
Life is short---clich├ęd but true.

June 27, 2014 @ 2:26 PM

Mike from Lowville

Have a great one Mike! Enjoy life everyday. As someone already said, years fly by now. Don't blink.......

June 27, 2014 @ 3:54 PM


As someone who just turned 45 I can learn from your list. Good stuff, and happy birthday!

June 27, 2014 @ 4:12 PM


So what was that mysterious package you got then for your 4th? Happy birthday!

June 27, 2014 @ 5:06 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


It was a GoPro camera.

June 27, 2014 @ 5:12 PM

Rick C in Oakville

HBD Mike, wish i was 40 again!

June 27, 2014 @ 6:24 PM


Hey Mike,

Do you use the camera regularly? I lost mine (tether yours!!!), but I have this waiting for me at the post office:

Not the same, but hopefully it'll assist in avenging me if I ever get splattered.

June 27, 2014 @ 9:55 PM


I'd like to add 2 (or replace the source code one, because my awesome 90s Fortran coding is worth $0 today):

11. marry a good woman (man)
12. have children - the best (and hardest) job in the world.

June 27, 2014 @ 11:47 PM


11 - Numbered lists are for suckers.


Happy birthday, Mike.

June 28, 2014 @ 12:21 AM

James Edgar

Goode list Mike.

I'd add one more thing -Don't take things personally. This is one i struggle with occasionally but it really does help to keep you grounded.

Congrats on 40 I wish I was 40 Too!

June 30, 2014 @ 9:05 AM

Teena in Toronto

Happy (belated) birthday!

June 30, 2014 @ 8:16 PM

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