Re: The man that I have become!
Great post Bob.
I like the way you've described the feel of getting older. Liking the person you've become, with a touch of wisdom that you didn't associate with yourself earlier.
My experiences have a similar groove. I had what my parents described as a 'troubled' childhood and I was a very angry young man. Looking back, I did'nt like what I saw in the rear view mirror.
But somewhere along the road, things changed. Maybe it took me a little time to see things differently. 15 years. Marriage, and kids helped.
Today, I kinda feel the way you feel. My knees can feel it if I walk 2 flights up, but my heart and soul in the nicest place its ever been. And this despite some very tough choices that life has thrown at me.