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    Posted on May 19th, 2005 Jeff Keller 5 comments

    This Saturday marks my 29th birthday. The last year has had it’s share of ups and downs, with more downs than ups unfortunately. I have been to hell and back again — or at least that’s what it felt like. But through all this I believe that I’ve emerged as a better person.
    I spent most of the year focusing on my health. Last March I started having heart palpitations which scared the life out of me, despite reassurance from countless doctors and numerous tests. While they came and went during 2004, they got worse toward the holidays, and along with that, so did my anxiety. Shortly after the new year my mind and body were overloaded with anxiety — I got pretty close to snapping — and I needed to get help. Thanks to the love and support of family and close friends plus some caring, helpful people at Kaiser (read: therapists) I’m pleased to say that I’m doing A LOT better. I spend less time worrying about my health and more time worrying about the things that you’re supposed to worry about in life.
    Through all this I’ve learned a lot about myself. I’ve learned about my hopes and fears. I’ve learned about why I do the things I do (though I’m still working on this one a bit). I’ve learned about what I expect from others, and who my friends really are. I’ve learned that no matter what, family will always be there for you. I’m so blessed to have loving, supportive parents, grandparents, and a sister to look out for me. I don’t want to think about where I’d be without them.
    For the most part I’m pretty happy with where I am in life. Later this year my business will be 8 years old. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would have something that more than 2.2 million people a month find useful. My business gives me great rewards — financial and otherwise. I bought a house at age 26 and I’m planning on doing it again this fall. I have meaningful relationships with my friends and family.
    Of course there are many areas in my life that I’m not happy about, and I’m working on those. One thing that was really driven home this year is that nobody’s perfect — and that includes me. I’m committed to improving myself and my relationships with others. If there was such a thing as a birthday resolution, that would be it. Here’s hoping for more ups than downs in my 29th year.

     

    5 responses to “Reflections on another year gone by” RSS icon

    • Happy Birthday Jeff!

    • Happy Birthday. Wow. 29, that’s REALLY old. Just Kidding; I just turned 28.
      “Here’s hoping for more ups than downs…” I’ll drink to that.

    • Go Genentech!!!! Have a good birthday we appreciate everything you do.

    • Jeff, Feliz aniversario! Feliz cumpleanos! Happy Birthday. Hope you have a good time today and that your resolution comes true soon.

    • Hey old man!
      We need to go out to dinner this week or on the weekend. Let me know when you’re free.
      —M