30 days before I turn 30

I always wanted to commemorate turning 30. I wasn’t really sure how. 30 musings? 30 ideas? 30 lessons learned? Do I really have 30 insightful thoughts? Probably not. Maybe 4.

Also, how self-aggrandizing does someone have to be to post their own opinions to celebrate their own birthday at such a young age. I don’t feel that I could add enough to 30 different conversations, so best to stay silent.

13 going on 30

Turning 30 is a milestone I’ve dreamed about my whole life.

I was the little kid who always wanted to grow up. Looking back, it is clear now that I wanted to take control of my own destiny and have autonomy.

I remember when I was so excited to turn 10 because it meant I was double digits now and could almost drive. Turning 14 meant I was now a teenager. And turning 20 meant I was a finally an actual adult. Now 30? This feels truly adult.

Marking a milestone birthday during a global pandemic

How can I commemorate this milestone birthday? And especially in this time. When everyone is on edge and a little weary. People are disheartened, downtrodden, and uncertain. Folks have lost their lives. Others their livelihoods. We have no idea when this unusual time will end. And we have no idea what “normal” will look like after this is all over. We only know that was was lost in a few racing weeks, will take many diligent years to rebuild.

As I reflected on my life so far and abandoned the idea of “30 thoughts for 30 years”, I got a better idea. Why not celebrate and thank the top 30 people who’ve had the biggest impact on my life?

AWESOME! My own twist on a Top 30 under 30 list. I can thank and celebrate people from my current investors to my childhood piano teacher. I can acknowledge my friends and their families who have “adopted” me over the years. All the people whose love has left an imprint on my being.

Honouring Influential People in the 30 days before I turn 30

As I sat down to write out the names of folks who have influenced me the most, I blew right past 30 people. Just off the top of my head, I got to 76.

76 people who shaped me so profoundly that I could remember the exact moment, conversation, or series of conversations that impacted me.

Looking back at these 76 people also made me think of even more folks:

“Oh ya and that was around the time this other person helped me with X.”

“And as impactful as that person was, their advice really struck me because of what Y other person told me weeks before.”

Now my list is way over 100.

With this series I’m going to honour the >100 people who have influenced my life in the last 30 years.

Thank You

Thank all of you who I write about at length and those of you who I mention. I also want to give special thanks to those who I leave out. I have chosen to only write about people who had purely positive impacts and exclude romance altogether. You all still impacted me in different ways, thank you for that. For better and for worse, I love who I am now. Know that there is never enough room to fully capture a life in a few words.

I haven’t told anyone in advance that I’m writing about them. They will be as surprised as you day-by-day as each post is published.


This last paragraph is to help orient you over the series of posts that will be coming. Because of course I have a plan and an agenda for this.

I will write chronologically by age. Starting with family, spiritual communities, elementary school, high school, undergrad, my master’s, living and working in Toronto for a few years, and then this whole adventure of starting my own company in my mid-20s.

  1. Family
  2. Spiritual Communities
  3. Elementary School
  4. High School
  5. Undergrad
  6. Master’s
  7. Toronto
  8. skritswap start-up

Thank you & Enjoy!

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