Today I become 35 years of age, and finally for the first time in my life I feel like I've made it, that I've accomplished the "American Dream". I've been through a lot in my adult life, as I've taken a fairly atypical path, and I'd like to share how I made it through several distinct times.
As a small preview, this is a short timeline of the time periods I'll be covering in this series:
- Joined the Air Force at 17
- Got married at 19
- Had a child at 21
- Worked at AutoZone for a couple of years
- Became a software developer at 23
- Graduated from college at 24
- Bankrupt at 28
- Bought first house at 34
Just to put this timeline into perspective, when this story begins smartphones were not a thing, Apple was still using PowerPC processors in their computers, George W. Bush was president, Arnold Schwarzenegger was not yet Governor of California, BitCoin did not exist, and the Pentium 4 was the processor of the day for PCs.
I look forward to reminiscing on my past, and I hope you'll enjoy reading about it.