Turning 41 today was more interesting than turning 40. Forty was one of the longest and best years of my life. So why not cap it off with a #hardstylewednesday shot from the weekend’s headshot self-portrait session.
Ridiculous, but fun, and that’s the point. Forty is stereotypically suppose to be some sort of a melt down or mid-life crisis. I on the other hand worked the hardest I think I ever have, am more sleep deprived than ever, the years finances were a roller coaster of success and despair, the family cars are 15 years old and on the brink, it seems things are held together with kite string at times. Going into forty I started back at a day job so Aly could be home with our second daughter. It was pretty much the same construction management gig I left behind 6 years earlier, building and refurbishing schools in the public sector. The pay is OK, but the hours and windshield time are long. In the middle of all that we grew OAC, kept Ramblers rolling out, brought a few new products to market, and moved out of the garage into a gigantic space a mile away.
This stuff was incredibly hard, long hours, stretching finances to the brink and back more than once and scary as hell.
The best part? I plan to keep it up. This is the most rewarding thing I have ever done and keep doing. The school economy is growing and the company I work for is setting the stage for the next generation of kids and delivery methods for the schools that will facilitate the education of the Gen X and Millenial’s children. The OAC business is right at the edge of an incredible tipping point, it is about to all come together. There will probably be a few more years of little or no sleep some nights, and growing both facets to see which one wins the race. I know it will be Ocean Air, but the other one lights the lamps for the moment…
None of this could happen with out the love and support of my ladies and extended family.
They are amazing, tolerant and loving. Watching my babies grow into little ladies, and them wanting to help. Aly working to keep it all together and learning to start a yoga teaching practice. So much amazing going on.
The vendor support, both the makers and suppliers. So many of you stepping up to the plate to supply the odd combinations of product and make my dreams into real objects. Swift with the bags, Blue Lug getting Ramblers rolling in Japan, RandiJo with the cap patterns, Dylan at Centri on and on. Then the back packing companies like Trail Designs and Soto who wondered if people riding bikes would really want the gear to make coffee outside in the middle of the week. And there are a bunch of others that have my languishing projects on the back burner, vendors and wholesalers, the list goes on and on. Then the friends who listen to my ideas and dreams, lift heavy objects, and help when I need a hand. Jason, Marshal, Toby and all the others. I have to get home for dinner or I would type for hours.
But it is really about the people, family, friends customers everybody who has come together to help hold the ship up, keep the wheels turning. There have been other times in my life that come close, but this last year…What an amazing year.
All I can say is thank you, for the support, wanting to change the world with us, and keeping us going through the rough patches. Without all of you, I am just a crazy guy without enough sleep and a dream.