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Painting in the Studio Photo (c) David Macomber, Shark Sugar

“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years.  We grow old by deserting our ideals.  Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”  ~Samuel Ullman

Today I turned 41.

This time last year I was surfing awesome waves at Pipeline for my fortieth birthday.

Today, I’m celebrating at home.

I wanted to share a few things I’ve discovered throughout my 41 years:

  1. BUSINESS:  You have to constantly adapt to the ever-changing world.  It seems like about ten years ago everything started changing super fast.   Things that we did last year that worked, aren’t working now.  Maria and I have to constantly change what we’re doing to adapt.
  2. THE EARTH:  Needs more respect.  There’s no one thing we can do to respect it more; there has to be a total change in the way we treat the earth.
  3. SURFING:  It’s pure joy.  I’m going to be like my friend Gary Linden, surfing big waves when I’m in my sixties.  Quality over Quantity!
  4. MONEY:  Is always coming and going.
  5. GOD:  The concept of God is kind of abstract; is there really a man-like being standing “up there”?  I think it’s more like a Universal Energy.
  6. HEALTH:  Move or Die!  (I think there’s company named that)  Stay active.  Eat less.
  7. ART:  It’s just another way to convey an idea.  It can be deep and meaningful, making art.  I just try to make people happy with it.
  8. FAMILY:  Is the best part of life.   Makes you feel like you’re not alone.
  9. MARRIAGE:  Is better than being single.
  10. HAPPINESS:  The happiest part of my day is walking Dylan over the bridge and to his classroom.  It’s as simple as that.

What have you learned in your years on Earth?  Share in the comments, please.

Life is Good,



PS:  Photo above is by David Macomber, photographer and owner of Shark Sugar, NJ.  Please visit his Facebook Page at