Some Good Advice From My Dad…

by Brandon

A few years ago, my Dad was helping me build a porch for my house. He was in his early 60s at the time, but that didn’t stop him from helping. It’s just the way he is. It’s important to note that my Dad’s not the kind of man who gives advice. He’s always had a rather stoic attitude towards life. He’s always worked hard, didn’t complain, and made sure his family was taken care of.

So yeah, I was surprised when he chose that day to give me some advice that has stuck with me ever since.

We were working away on the porch when – out of nowhere – he said, “You know the only thing I regret when I look back on my life?”

I was taken aback. Regret? Dad never talked about things like regret. “What’s that?” I asked.

“I regret that I didn’t have more fun,” he said. “When I look back on my life, I don’t think about what bills I paid or how much overtime I worked. I look back and I think, ‘I wish I’d had more fun.’”

And that was it. He didn’t say anything else about it. We finished the porch, drank some coffee, had a nice visit, then he and Mom went home.

A few months later, my parents gave away pretty much everything they owned, bought a nice car, and just… headed west.

Since then, they’ve had as much fun as they possibly can. I miss them terribly, but it warms my heart to see pictures of them standing in various places out west, seeing the sights they’ve wanted to see their entire lives.

Today (Election Day), I’ve been thinking about that conversation a lot. Americans are stressed. The political environment is more volatile than I’ve ever seen. People from all political viewpoints are downright afraid of what’s going to happen if their guy doesn’t win.

I think it’s time we all took my Dad’s advice.

Tomorrow, do something fun.

Do something so fun that you’ll remember it for the rest of your life.

Do something so fun that – twenty years from now – you won’t even remember the stress of this one election. You’ll remember the good time you had the day after.

Spoil yourself, America. Relax. The big picture’s important, but take some time to enjoy the little things. Have fun and stop in the middle of that fun to say, “You know what… in this moment, I am happy.”

Sorry if I’m sounding preachy. That’s not my intent with this blog. I just happen to believe my father is a wise man and when I think of his advice about having fun… I can’t think of a better time to implement it than right now.

So there it is.

–Brandon


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