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Tue May 5, 2020, 06:11 PM

15. I just turned 40 a few months back

My wife left me about 18 months ago to pursue a relationship with a high school crush of hers after weíd been together for nearly 15 years. Since then, Iíve been really taking stock in where I am in life. Overall, Iím really quite content where I am. Iíve had more than my share of adventure when I was in my 20ís. I lived in Europe for nearly 5 years and I spent 13 months in Iraq when I was in the Army. I started a family and have a great relationship with my two daughters and I spent the last 12 years basically settled down. That said, Iím really happy with the sudden change in my life.

The relationship with my ex was terrible. She was miserable and sometimes downright abusive.

I havenít worked in 5 years due to severe PTSD, which presents its challenges, but also creates absolute income security for me. Aside from my desire to stay close to my children, I can go and live anywhere in the world I want. Iím extremely fortunate in that physically Iím in great shape and have a many great years ahead of me.

There are a ton of experiences that I wish to have, but Iíve done a lot too. I really want to hike the Appalachian Trail, visit bizarre places like North Korea and Iran and go on a nudist cruise with a girlfriend before she changes her mind!

Oddly enough, and not to gloat too much, Iíve played the piano since I was 8 and took 14 years of lessons. For the last 5 or so years, Iíve been practicing an average of 2 hours a day. Itís a skill that Iím grateful to have and when I play, it gives me a sense of fulfillment and completeness that I canít describe. (Not to mention itís often a turn on for some of the ladies too!)

So Iím thankful for what Iíve done and been through, but Iím also hungry to experience more.

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