What do you get someone who has everything?

So I’m 40 today. I warrants a blog post I guess.

There are two things I want to do to mark the occasion.

The first one is to show this picture of me, because it’s silly in a cute way and I like it.

sharky

It was taken a few years ago in San Francisco by one of my best friends. I think one of the reasons I’m so eager to share it (again) is that somewhere deep down, it shows I’m comfortable enough with who I am that I don’t need to disguise myself into a suit and tie, or into “someone cool”, or just in something I’m not. This wasn’t necessarily obvious when I was younger; I’m sure many of you will know the feeling. Also, it’s just an awesome picture!

The second thing is about looking back, and looking at where I am now. Pretty standard stuff when you reach that point in your life I’m sure. In my case, I can’t help but feel incredibly thankful.

  • I’m thankful for my parents and family, who have raised me through war and exile, through almost wealth and almost poverty, and who have shown me how important it is to stay the course in finding yourself.
  • I’m so thankful for my wife, whom I love beyond words. She makes me whole and I am so lucky to have found her I can’t even understand how it could have ever happened. She’s so beautiful and intelligent and funny that I still wonder how she ever agreed to marry me.
  • I have a host of fantastic friends, both offline and online. I’m not only proud to call them my friends, but they’re also such great people that it makes me feel better about who I am for having their friendships.
  • I’m lucky enough to have found something I’m truly passionate about, that I’m able to take part in and contribute to in my modest way. And through that, I have found and become part of a community of people, well known or just random listeners, that amaze me every day by their kindness and intelligence and willingness to engage and share their time with me.
  • I’m also lucky enough to be working for an amazing company that makes products I not only love but am also really passionate about and proud of.
  • And last but not least, I’m lucky enough that I was born in this society of privileges, where healthcare and education are free, and where technological progress makes magic real.

So yeah, I do have everything, and I am so very thankful.

Which begs the question: what do get someone who already has everything? Every year on my birthday, a few of you take the time to wish me a happy birthday, and that is awesomely cool. But how about this: if you want to do a little something for me today, I’d love it if you didn’t just tweet or Google+ of Facebook me, but instead took that time to tell someone in your life you love them. Your parents, or your sibling, or just a friend… Why not? I’m sure most of us don’t do it enough, and believe me, once you have a roof over your head and food in your plate (and maybe a cool smartphone in your pocket), love is really all you need. So come on, go forth and spread the love a tiny bit more today. And then you can tell me about it on Twitter/Facebook/Google+. :)

Here, I’ll start: I love you all, and thank you for making my life amazing.

 

September 21st, 2013
  • http://bobmaerten.github.com Bob Maerten

    I’m not quite a social guy, and my work depress me, so I’d like to thank *you* Patrick for bringing fun and technological/geek culture tu my ear where my surrounding environment cannot.

    Happy birthday!

  • http://campuscherub.com/ Louis Amiot

    What a deep and clever thought ! We can hear in your voice that your happy and it brings us happiness too. And last but not least, happy birthday :D

  • David Zet

    Hello Patrick !
    I spent a delightful day with my wife and sons doing such funny things as Segway and orienteering race (tailored for young ones though !).
    And tonight, i project to spend few minutes listening to the latest Positron episode ;-)

    Anyway, Happy birthday (with one day late…)

  • http://patrickbeja.com/ Patrick

    Haha, I don’t know how deep or clever it is, but the confidence is appreciated. :)

  • http://patrickbeja.com/ Patrick

    I do what I can to spread the happiness !

  • http://patrickbeja.com/ Patrick

    Hope you like the latest Positron. It was crafted with love and a lot of crazy… :)

  • Dhyf

    Je t’ai découvert sur AFR , je t’ai suivi sur Appload et le Rendez-Vous Tech. Je te redécouvres avec un immense plaisir sur Positron et maintenant un peu plus sur ce post. Juste merci Patrick pour être le type que tu es.

  • David Zet

    That episode, as all the others, was very pleasant to listen, especially for john plissken’s part !

  • Amolith

    Hey Patrick !

    I began to listen you when I was 14, with Azeroth.fr, and I’ve continue to listen your podcasts, like LRDVTech and Appload. You’re a so good podcaster ! When I listen one of your podcast, my day light up.
    You’ve already motivated me to learn more English. In university, teachers think that I must go in advanced class …

    So … Thanks for all ! And … I think I love my parents, my friends, and music.

    Keep the momentum ! You’re incredible ! And Happy Birthday ! =)

    (And sorry, I’m really better in French)

  • ioda

    Joyeux anniversaire ! Souvenirs d’Azeroth.fr, de l’annonce de ton embauche chez blizzard, de la fin du duo podcastique Dany & Patrick, puis nouveau duo avec Jérôme pour de nouvelles aventures, pour le plus grand plaisir des poditeurs. Période NoWatch avant de revenir à frenchspin. Je me permets même le tutoiement.

    « Le poids véritable d’une passion se mesure aux sacrifices et à l’audace que l’on est prêt à mettre dans la balance » (Robert Brisebois). Tu transmets tjs ta passion, ton énergie. Je me doute aussi des sacrifices que cela doit être pour tenir cette régularité dans le post de tes émissions (rigueur à la limite du trouble pathologique ^_^). Tu as ouvert une voie pour le podcast francophone. C’est grâce à Azeroth.fr puis NoWatch que j’ai pris l’habitude des podcasts. Et maintenant, c’est même Edmond Rostan que j’entends dans ma dose hebdomadaire !

    Et très beau post ! Dire à ma femme que je l’aime et que j’ai de la chance de l’avoir à mes côtés, qu’elle accepte le geek que je suis, je le fais chaque jour. Mais c’est bien de se rappeler qu’il ne faut pas oublier de dire aux gens qu’on aime, qu’on les aime…

    Tous mes bons vœux pour ton anniversaire ! Que la prochaine décade (et les suivantes !) te soit au moins aussi belle et pleine de bonnes choses que celle qui vient de s’achever.

  • http://diraen.tumblr.com/ Diraen

    Joyeusement nostalgique ce petit billet. Ta conclusion va donner une teinte différente à ma journée car se concentrer sur ce qu’on a plutôt que sur ce qui nous manque met toujours de bonne humeur !
    Bref. Bon anniversaire avec pas mal de retard. Je te souhaite la seule chose qu’on puisse te souhaiter après la lecture de ce post : que ça continue comme ça !

  • Piloups

    First of all, I would like to wish you Happy Birthday. Better late than never, amiright?
    Second of all, I would like to honnestly thank you. Let me explain: A few years back, I was in a pretty dark place, out of High school and not knowing what to do with my life. I was a mess, spending ALL my awake time in World of Warcraft. And then you started “Azeroth.fr”, the very first podcast I ever listened to. Listening to that awesome crew, was the highlight of my week.
    When you started other podcasts such as LRDV Tech, I was amazed by the endless possibilities that the internet had to offer.
    What I’m trying to say is that your podcasts where the very first thing to really inspire me to do what I’m passionate about (the internet…) and led me to where I am now:
    A happy young man, with a wonderful job (working in SEO and webmarketing) and a great girfriend.
    Thank you for being awesome!

  • Gauthier

    Patrick, au-delà de la grande qualité de traitement des différents sujet, qui supplante très souvent ce qui peut nous être proposé dans la presse (le long sujet sur Prism est pour moi une Masterpiece), tu m’apportes régulièrement une dose de motivation pour mes projets persos et professionnels.

    Rester fidèle à soi-même, ne pas trop se prendre au sérieux, vivre sa passion à 200% sont autant de notions que tu évoques dans ce billet mais qui me sont familières car elles transpirent dans tes podcasts depuis le commencement.

    Je suis très heureux de ta réussite sur tous les plans, et quelque part je suis même fier de voir quelqu’un que je suis depuis le premier épisode du premier podcast recueillir la reconnaissance de ses pairs podcasteurs, de Blizzard etc. etc.

    J’espère égoïstement que tu continueras longtemps à nous faire partager ton travail.
    Un grand merci. Je te souhaite le meilleur.

    Gauthier.

  • http://patrickbeja.com/ Patrick

    Merci, merci, et merci. :)

  • http://patrickbeja.com/ Patrick

    Thank is so nice to hear… Very glad that you’re in such a good place, and immensely proud that I could contribute to that a bit!

  • http://patrickbeja.com/ Patrick

    :D

  • http://patrickbeja.com/ Patrick

    Merci à toi d’écouter et de me suivre !

  • http://patrickbeja.com/ Patrick

    Hehe, giving people the interest in learning languages is one of the awesomething things that could come out of all this. :)

  • http://patrickbeja.com/ Patrick

    Ah, Azeroth.fr… que de souvenirs ! C’est vrai que même dans le domaine des podcasts on a déjà parcouru pas mal de chemin… Et c’est pas fini !