When You Turn 37…

…Something pretty neat happens. Statistically speaking, that is.

Apparently, when you turn 37, you hit the tipping point where half the U.S. population is younger than you, and half is older than you. I discovered this in the fascinating article, Why 37 Is A Very Special Age.  This information was gathered by Nathan Yau of Flowing Data using estimates from the 2014 U.S. Census data. He created a cool, interactive infographic you can play around with here – to see what percentage of the U.S. population is older/younger than you according to your age. For me, being 34, 55% of the population is older than me.

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It’s something I never thought about before, but found interesting upon reading about it. I’m curious how the figures would be different if we took into account the entire world population.

It got me thinking about my time here, on this planet, and how quickly it goes. But not in a scary, OMG cue: existential angst type of way. More in a GOA principle way. GOA principle is a term that one of my esteemed UCLA professors Howard Suber coined, and the acronym stands for the “Get Off Your Ass.” Basically, get shit done. Go create and make. Write that movie, start that business, apply for that dream job, etc.

All of this relates to a quote I read this morning – from a commencement speech.

“There are 30,000 days in your life. When I was 24, I realized I’m almost 9,000 days down. There are no warm-ups, no practice rounds, no reset buttons. Your biggest risk isn’t failing, it’s getting too comfortable. Every day, we’re writing a few more words of a story. I wanted my story to be an adventure and that’s made all the difference.”

-Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox, MIT Commencement Address, June 7th 2013

So, I guess the moral of the story is: continue to go forth into the world, writing your own story, taking bold, imperfect action, and have unexpected adventures, and above all – make your life joyous.

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