When I was younger, around 20 or so, I felt great when I spent time with cool grown-ups who were much older than me. Maybe 10 or even 20 years older. I felt special because they had chosen to open the door for me and let me in. I didn’t feel the age difference back then and I don’t feel it much now either when I’m 30 (almost 31). The difference was far more noticeable when I was a teenager. When you grow up, the borders between disappear, life experiences become more similar. It’s easier to find common ground.
Day 780, Friday, March 1. Two days before my birthday, I organised a small birthday party with another runner from my group. We would have invited the same people anyway and thus decided to do it together. Most people who came are around their 30s but there’s still a mix of different ages, the youngest being 22 years old. I would like to believe that for the young ones, I am now the cool grown-up who decided to invite them to our company. We are all runners, we train together, we cheer each other on at competitions, we share stories about our injuries, great workouts, losses and victories. Running is one of those things that connect people and the age difference can diminish.
1. Own and live in a house.
Full focus on the birthday party which meant a full day in the kitchen. No work.
2. Write AND publish a book.
See above. No time for writing. But I did use my creative powers to create some beautiful food.
3. Win a major race.
An easy run in the morning and CrossFit training in the evening. This was part of the birthday party. First, some snacks, then a hard workout, followed by more food and board games. A fun night!