Eugene Cho

half way to life or death

on a lighter note, i am one year closer towards 40. turned 36 last friday. enjoyed some quiet time at home with the family. it’s been an eventful 36 years – one intense immigration, moved about 25 times (mostly from one dorm to another), 8 cross country drives (7 of them alone), 3 kids and 1 wife, 1 knee operation, 1 broken bone, 1 ruptured achilles, visits to 17 countries, about 63 trips to vancouver, bc, 2249 pieces of sushi consumption, and other stuff but my memory is fading. 

life expectancy in the US for men is 72 years old (77 for women).  global male life expectancy is 62.7 years (66 for women).  the world’s lowest life expectances are swaziland (33.2 years), botswana (33.9) and lesotho (34.5) – all countries from africa.  that’s a long post in itself so I won’t go there because I started off the post with the words, ‘on a lighter note…”.  the world’s highest life expectancies averaging 83.5 years are represented by andorra, san marino, singapore, and japan. 

life is fleeting.  we all know that.  halfway through my statistical life expectancy, i guess my self plea and prayer is that i would live the remainder of my life without regrets.  asides from the importance of relationships, i’ve recently started making a list of things i want to do before i move on.  it includes:  go to at least one u2 and common concert,  attend one 0lympics and one world cup soccer match, backpack europe with minhee, hike up baekdusan in north korea (home of my parents), throw out the first pitch in a future seattle mariners game, give a rah rah speech to the seattle seahawks in a future football game, ‘live’ in africa with family for at least couple months, plant a few more churches, publish one book entitled, ‘the overcomplexified spiritual wanderer,’ catch a 50+lb salmon in alaska, and blah blah blah.  So, my question:  what would you suggest as, “you must do this before you die.”

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5 Responses

  1. john says:

    Happy birthday Eugene. I hit 36 myself a few weeks ago…I’ve got about eight days on you. It’s not so bad from up here.

  2. Teresa says:

    Looking forward to your book:)
    Happy birthday!

  3. james says:

    You’ve got to do that RV roadtrip you’ve talked about before you die.

  4. Baine says:

    It is my personal goal to surpass your sushi-cosumption-at-age-36 by the time I am 36. I am well on my…watch out.

    bbc

  5. eugenecho says:

    baine
    i’m not sure man.
    i’m in tokyo right now (waiting for 2.5 hours to head to bangkok) and there’s sushi right in front of me.

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Window seat. For the win. As leaders, we must not see ministry and family as competing commitments.  We must not sacrifice our marriage and kids for the sake of "ministry." How can we? Loving our families IS ministry & good leadership.

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