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A Few Words from Dad that Changed my Life

Posted by on June 6, 2014

This will not be an epic post by any means. Like most things in life, the best messages or lessons are very simple ones.

Such is the case for one of the few pieces of advice my father gave me.

Around 16 or 17 years-old, I was rather aloof. Recognizing this, my father casually mentioned a string of words that molded me for the next decade:

“I don’t want to tell you how to live, but I will tell you that you will only be 18-25 once in your lifetime.”

Then I set sail …

I proceeded to own life for the next 10-15 years that followed. I enjoyed every single day. That’s not to say there were not days that didn’t involve work – there were plenty.
But when the work was done the fun begun …

It’s a bit strange how responsibilities can change our outlook or behavior.

Got kids? Must get to the next baseball game, take them to the movies, take them on vacation … No, no time for self…We stop living a little bit and the world we reside in becomes one huge routine.
It doesn’t have to be that way.

Maybe my father’s line needs to be rebooted: “You are only 40-65 once in your life.”
There are a million ways to say it but here’s the easiest way:

Live each day.

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