Easy Glass Buttons and the Greatness of Your Life

Way back in 2005 I wrote this blog post about how to create easy glass buttons in Adobe Illustrator. I remember this post being popular and still to this day it turns up as one of the top hits on Google search. I did this search Incognito just now, but curious if you see the same results or if the result is machine learned from my habits.

Go ahead, search, and click on the green button and see if it leads you to my post.

What I love about this post is that I was a relatively young 35-year old man who still had dreams about doing something big with technology and I strive to always retain that wonder. Now, almost 15 years later, I didn’t do anything big by the standards I set for myself at that time, but I did make a living for my family, raised four gorgeous children, loved a beautiful wife, made some amazing friends, learned a lot of cool Kung Fu, and still manage to stay up to 3am bumping into walls wearing a new VR headset I have no idea how to use.

As I turn the corner on 50, I try to look at the young man who wrote that post and I try and see what made him tick. What I’ve come to realize is that it’s not always the size or impact of your accomplishment and more about the journey. That’s not to say I don’t harbor disappointment at not doing more, or regret at not working harder. What I strive for is not to be so enveloped by disappointment that I throw my hands up, giving up and becoming a bitter old man. To this day, I still cling to that feeling I had when I was 35… that the best is yet to come. I hope I always feel that way, regardless of the quantifiable greatness of anything I do or don’t do.

Chinese New Year Kung Fu at the Asia Society in NYC

I woke up at 6:30am, took a shower, and got dressed. I made my wife an omelette, walked the dog, and hopped in my car. I took a 7:48am train into NYC. I live on Long Island so this is about an hour trip on the weekend (slightly faster when I get on an express train on a weekday). I had a nice donut and some espresso at Birch. I got to my Kung Fu school around 9:30am and everything after that is a blur. I got back home at 6pm.

Hing Dai

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