Yesterday was a special number birthday. Well, today still if you live in the States and the clock hasn't ticked past midnight.
Once the thought of another decade ticking over freaked me out but I'm pretty relaxed about it. Actually, to be honest, I tend to freak out more when I get to the '8s - like 28, 38... that's when the realisation that another decade is over hits. By the time I actually reach the landmark birthday, I'm well over it.
This year too, I feel pretty content. The passing of time hits you much hard I think if you're not living the life you want to live. If you hate your job or the place where you live or your life style then it feels like time is swirling down the plug hole like water after your shower, taking the sweat and leg hairs and stray pubes with it.
I have to admit, I'm happy with my life at the moment. I'd say 80% happy. Hell, I earn my living writing and I get to travel all around the world. That's pretty darn sweet.
The past three months in particular have been awesome. I got to hang out with lots of bears and that makes me really happy. I've been to a ton of places and eaten a ton of good food. That's the best.
The writing side of things could be better -- all this disruption to my routine has put me way behind schedule. It's not so much the planned disruptions that cause the problems but all the unplanned ones, like screw ups with accommodation. But I've done this enough to know that I will get back on track (I'd bloody better or I'll be living in the poor house).
But 80% happy means there is 20% that needs to be worked on. The main area where I need to pick up my game is my health. It gets put on the back burner time and time again. I've really noticed the decline in my fitness. I used to be able to walk for hours, hell I used to be able to run. Not any more. I get aches and pains. I've never been very flexible but that's getting even worse. I need to make it a priority and not something I should do but never get around to.
So how did I spend my birthday? All plans were tossed aside so I could spend the day in bed surrounded by piles of dirty tissues and hydrating drinks. I've been hit by a nasty cold (just in case "dirty tissues" made it sound like I was doing something more fun). I got woke up by someone knocking at my door. Yah! My birthday present!
My family all chipped in to get me new luggage. The bag I've been using was a small wheelie suitcase my sister got from Don Quixote in Japan for $30 about 8 years ago. It's done well but one of the wheels busted recently so it pretty much has to be dragged not wheeled now.
I looked at a lot of different options and settled on this bag because:
- If you are Australian and travel on budget airlines, you will never be able to not check a bag if you have wheeled luggage. With a 7kg allowance, you pretty much have about 3kg of that left after the weight of your case.
- It's convertible from back pack to duffel bag to suitcase style. I used to always travel with a duffel bag and find that the easiest but it can be a killer on your back so figure back pack style is best for walking any distance.
- It's expandable. This was a prime selling point for me. People on the internet always say to wear your bulkiest clothes on the flight. That's because they have not had to stand in a long queue to check in 40 degree heat next to the bloody automatic doors (which, of course, renders all air conditioning useless). I like having the option of packing my boots and my big cardigan and all that bulky shit so I don't have to deal with it.
I will do a full review after I've travelled with it a few times.
Anyway, even though I had a low key actual birthday, I have fun adventures coming up with the ultimate birthday treat in a week's time. Yep, my boys from Arashi are throwing me a birthday concert in Miyagi. Wasn't that nice of them.