So I started writing this post about 2 weeks ago and realized it was all wrong. The information was all correct, but my perspective was skewed. After spending many years reading Malcolm Gladwell books, I have come to the hard truth that perspective is everything. I was taking a retrospective look at 2014 and painting a dismal picture of how rough and horrible this past year was to me. As I took a much closer inspection it was quite the opposite, it was pretty spectacular.
2014 has been filled with risk, reward, love, happiness, success, stress, and most of all family! This past year has brought me a greater appreciation for the finer things that make us men who we are for our families. We are the disciplinarians, the fixers, the coaches, the pinewood derby car makers, basically we make sure all the loose pieces don’t get lost, because we have no clue how to put those pieces back together. The superwoman makes the world correct again by organizing the pieces to the right spots. I awoke in 2015 knowing that, not only would this be a great year, but that it is only going to be great because of what went down in 2014.
For all the stress and worry that went in to the last half of 2014, just like everything else in life, it was not all that bad. We grew both professionally and personally, literally! What could possibly be wrong with growth?
This morning I woke up, the alarm went off at 5:15, and I looked to my right….my amazing, beautiful, strong wife was there, fast asleep. She is quite stunning while she sleeps, and all I could do is smile, because life is really good. I then glanced to my left……..and I see the Dreamboats snuggled, fast asleep. At that moment I know, this life is so incredibly perfect. We went through the last few months of 2014 thinking, how difficult and testing this life is right now. Now I know it was just that, a test, an examination of our intestinal fortitude, and once again I concluded that we can take more than our minds believe we can and, best of all, we can do it with style and grace.
So far in 2015 we have survived the influenza outbreak, the continued saga of a remodel, the holiday hangover, and the Dreamboats. We have had 3 with the flu, and I have never seen one woman become such a germ destroyer, but have managed to keep the babies well, so far. My oldest, who as you remember moved in, in September and started a new school, is doing amazing. He is putting in the hard work and it is paying off! The rest of these crazy boys are geared up for another fun year!
As with any new year people go through making resolutions, starting new diets, and joining various gyms in an attempt to slim down. I have always thought this was a foolish endeavor that rarely resulted in a life changing metamorphosis. Why can’t we just pick up where we left off and keep rolling? Have our goals and lifelong aspirations really changed from year to year? Mine has not and I see no reason to change what it is I am trying to accomplish in life. I want to be a great husband, lover, father, cook, small business owner, boss, friend, clinician, and role model. Nothing of that list will change whether it is January or October, 1999 or 2015, I still want the same lifetime achievements. My goal is to live everyday like there is nothing tomorrow. Carpe diem, seize the day, and fill every day with good food, friends, and most of all family.