“ I don’t feel old, just more experienced and that’s really a good thing!”
Name : Kevin Reid
Gender : Male
DoB : 06.12.1982
City of Birth : Cape Town, South Africa
Status : Married since 2010
Family : 2 Brothers
Hometown : Cape Town, South Africa
Education : BSC UCT Computer science
Job : Software developer
Religion : Christian
Politics : DA (white party)
As a child… How would you picture yourself at 30?
JOB – How did you decide to do this job? I always knew I would deal with computers. My father was a mechanical engineer, so we always had the best technology at home. We were pretty much considered as the coolest kids in the streets because of it. (Smiles)
I never had a strong influence that pulled me towards another country.
HOME / PLACE OF LIVING – Where you thought we would be living by now? I never had a strong influence that pulled me towards another country. Even if I have been always interested by Canada, a country where computer science is really important, I never projected myself out of South Africa.
Kevin having a boerewors roll (typical South African dish) in a restaurant in downtown Cape Town.
Kevin and her wife live in a small house in the neighborhood of Pinelands in Cape town.
Striking and memorable events…
IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFE – What are the most memorable event of your personal life? Three main events come to my mind. 1- Getting married in 2010 because it gave me more responsibility and it forced me to me less selfish. 2- Seeing my youngest brother falling into drug addiction. It’s quite a painful memory and it lasted for a few years… It definitely made me think about being a parent. 3- Traveling with my wife for one year around the world because it enabled us to talk more and to rely on each other best capacities.
BEST MEMORY – The best memory that comes to my mind is the fact of getting married. I remember the day of the event in itself and of course the meaning of it for both of us.
IN THE WORLD – What are the main events that stroke the world you are living in? I wasn’t enough old and conscious to realize the importance of it but I remember of the end of apartheid. Things started to change at school: white and black people started to be mixed whereas before they went to distinct schools. At the time I could already feel that something really big was going on…
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT – I am so proud of the decision I made to travel for one year. I had the courage to quit my job, my city and my family and friends. I didn’t waste anything unlike what people were thinking and telling us before we left!
Looking back / Reviewing expectations
10 YEARS AGO… Well, I am not an organized person, I don’t plan things. I really prefer to see what comes along and to improvise. But if I have to think about my vision 10 years ago of myself now, I’d say I would be working in the IT sector, I would be a married man and a father of 2 kids, living in South Africa, Cape Town.
TODAY, I am pretty happy with my life. I would say that no major « off-roads » occurred to me.
Kevin chose 3 objects. 1) His cellphone symbolizing his passion for technology. 2) His running shoes symbolizing his taste for outdoor sports. 3) A multi function knife.
Kevin and his wife just coming from a restaurant in the center of Cape town.
30 years old, a turning point?
WHAT’S NEW? – Did you notice some changes since you are 30 YO? For me, it didn’t change a lot of things. I might be a bit more confident and comfortable with my body than before … but that’s it!
OLD OR YOUNG? – Do you feel « old » or « still young »? I mostly feel young because I exercise a lot and I am physically in a great shape. When it comes to my mind, I don’t feel old, just more experienced and that’s really a good thing!
I don’t have regrets about things I didn’t do but I do have regrets about things at didn’t do at my 100% of my capacities.
CHANGES OR REGRETS? What are the things you would like to change? I don’t have regrets about things I didn’t do but I do have regrets about things at didn’t do at my 100% of my capacities, such as studying harder, traveling more and getting married earlier.
My Typical day
YOUR STORY IN 10 YEARS – What is the story you want to tell within 10 years? In 10 years from now, I wish I will be living with the happiest family: my wife and at least 2 kids. I also would like to own my consulting business or (smiles) if I have enough money, to stop working.
THE WORLD IN 10 YEARS – How do you imagine the world you will be living in within 10 years? Even if we didn’t asked them this question at the same moment, Kevin and Monique almost share the same vision of the world (refer to Monique’s interview for more details)
Fears and Dreams…
FEARS – What are you afraid of? I am not really afraid of anything. I usually try to deal with things that come along. Thought, I might be afraid of being disabled.
DREAMS – What is your craziest dreams? I have two dreams of mine, both related to sports and competition. I want to complete an Iron Man and to climb a 8000m summit – not the Mont Everest, way too much touristic for me (laughing loudly).