Watching people grow up

Perhaps it is age, more than likely it is absolutely age, but I have been thinking about watching people (besides my children) grow up.

Watching my brother’s kids grow up is pretty special because I have a relationship with them.  They are moving into the college years and are coming into themselves as young adults.  It is pretty great to see who they have become.

We went to a 40th birthday party a few weekends ago in the Bahamas at one of the most incredible spots on Harbor Island.  I have known a few of the people at the party for over a decade now.  Watching them find themselves in their 30’s, including getting married and then having kids is really amazing.

The trip we took to Asia was with friends we have known for 25 years and so we have both watched each other grow up too.

These days the world seems to be so crazy and fragile, that focusing on friends, family and those relationships and that even includes the founders I have invested in where I have been part of their lives for years, is something that I am enjoying now more than ever.

Maybe I am finally just taking more time out to smell the roses.