Thursday, 17 September 2009

Half way to 60

Today is my 30th birthday. I was very amused by a card that I got from my good friend, which said “Watching TV, playing video games, reading comics…being 30 is like being 13 but with beer”. I laughed. It is quite true that despite being half way to 60 I still enjoy my childish pass times. I am not wholly irresponsible; I have a good, responsible and respected professional career. I am getting married next year too, so as far as I’m concerned I am quite grown up. I have travelled the world and seen great sights, met wonderful people and experienced a variety of cultures. I have seen deserts and jungles, mountains and ice shelves. I have set foot on islands almost untouched by humans and witnessed an array of wildlife so vast and varied as to defy belief. I have sailed though a hurricane and close by icebergs. I have hang-glided in Brazil, safaried in Africa and white water rafted in the USA.

I have done all this and lots more besides and today, between enjoying my day off work with my Fiancée and playing on my Xbox, I had time to think about getting older and my future. I had time to consider my chosen pass-times (gaming, reading, running, squash, football, playing guitar, scuba diving) and, thanks largely to my friends birthday card, ask myself if I am wasting my time with such things as games, comics and TV. I have come to the conclusion that I am not. I have never fretted about getting older, and I’m not doing so now. I enjoy gaming very much and I enjoy writing about it. I enjoy movies and TV and comics and books and a host of other things and I have resolved that if I can spend my time with such pursuits and still have had the amazing experiences I have in my 30 years thus far then I can’t be going far wrong. Here’s to the next 30…


  1. you're not getting old. you're entering the best time of your life. happy birthday!

  2. Wow. Happy birthday! :D Nothing wrong with gaming, and it doesn't matter how old you are.

  3. happy birthday ! i am writing to tell you that that i am still waiting for your foto of video games collection :)you can send it
    happy birthday again
    cya :)

  4. Zomgas, my collection is photographed and winging it's way across the information superhighway toward your inbox right now. I hope you can find a use for it, I may post it here at some point.

    Everyone, thanks for the kind words, all the best.


  5. Happy Birthday, TGG. Your writing contains a lot of energy. I'm glad I stopped by.

  6. Bruce, thank you very much for your kind words. You are always welcome to drop in.

    Kind regards,

  7. hi there I'm doing blogwalking and end up here.. I like reading about people's review about things like movies, books, and games so I read yours. Well I'm also interested in what you said that you'd travelled the world and did adventurous things, that's great man I wish I could do such things before I reach 30.


  8. To think of it as halfway to sixty is a bit weird, but sure, okay.

    I feel that you're right in saying that. I'm thinking about going on a trip around the world with my best friend when I turn 25, hopefully will be done before I turn 30, although who knows what will happen. I think it's alright to engage in these leisure activities, because it's not like you're doing something completely unproductive, like spraying layer upon layer of graffiti on the same wall. Television and games stimulate the mind, what's so bad about it anyway, so long as you live the rest of your life responsibly and 'productively'?

    Do you hate it too?
    "If you're going through Hell, keep going."
    Holy Holism!