Today I am 43 years old. That's fucked up. When we started Hubski I was 34. So much has changed. I had no kids then. I have 3 now. I have founded a company, bought three houses, traveled to many countries, I went through the Y Combinator program, lost my grandparents, started meditating twice a day, started playing tennis, stopped playing tennis, ran a half marathon, got a hernia, bought a lot of guitars. made a TON of music. and made some podcasts too.
In my 43 years I've been in love a few times, I went to college, dropped out of college, went back to college and graduated. I have released two albums and have played on a bunch of stages. I have given talks, raised millions of dollars, I've been near bankruptcy and worth millions, but mostly I've been somewhere in between. I've kissed pretty girls, I've been in car crashes, I've done a lot of drugs, I've fasted, I've been in jail, I've been bit by a dog, I've rescued a dog, I put two dogs to sleep while their heads rested in my lap. I've taught two kids to ride a bike, to swim and to ollie. I've walked to school and ridden the bus. I've saved up and lived in a state, by myself with no family and I've known the feeling of having to move home with my parents for lack of funds. I've been hungry and I've gotten food from a community food pantry, I've donated time and money to a community food pantry. I worked as a lathe operator, a meter reader, a cashier, a line cook, a dishwasher, a salesman, a team leader, a startup founder, a pre-school teacher, a janitor and a CEO. I've stepped on a nail, I've had hot oil poured on my hand, I've sprained both ankles twice, I've scored the winning run, I've struck out in the bottom of the 9th, I've cried in movies, I've dined in the nicest restaurants in Paris and I've eaten meals over a trash can. I've written poetry, I've been close to wanting to die, I've found comfort in music, I've been fortunate in my friends and family.
I've built a lot of things in my 43 years. I'm a lucky guy.
I'm in the middle of a battle right now, professionally. I'm confident we'll pull through all of this. I'm fortunate to have ecib and mk at my side.
It's been a good run. I'm looking forward to the next 43 years. I love ya, Hubski.