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Jokers Are Wild

Day to day living

Day to day living.

Covid-19 has provided a unique and extended pause from a busy schedule for all three of us at home – which is quite an unexpected blessing.

Why?

It’s truly an unheard of duration (one month and counting) to be busy doing nothing except whatever you want to do.

Kinda feels like what i remember about the summer when i was 10-years old. Too young for a job other than mowing lawns, and too young to care about adult responsibility.

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Growing Up

Great news: Kids are not afraid of failing

We weren’t afraid to fail as a child.

Now look at us.

If you’re not prepared to fail, you’ll never create anything original.

As you age, you lose the appetite, and the capacity, to be wrong.

My 72-hour challenge to you is simple. Attempt something that will probably fail, but your failure will get you closer than you were before.

And on the off-chance that you don’t fail…congratulations.

Now keep repeating this process.

You’re welcome.

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Dear Son

In giving up on ever finding love, love found me

Mickey Mouse Cupid
The Enchanted Garden Restaurant onboard the Disney Dream.

 

Dear Son, you’re 16.

What you are about to read is not me talking to you, it’s me (at 58) talking to a 16-year old me.

Here’s what i’d tell my 16-year old self today.

“You are so inexperienced it’s not even funny. You think you have much of life figured out – you know, how your life will unfold and so on. Not to make you feel bad jeff, but you will literally be wrong, long term, on all the 16-year old beliefs you think are solid right now.”

 

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Dear Son

Dear younger me

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Photo: Grinnell Glacier overlook August 2016.

 

Dear younger me,

Nothing will prepare you for the heartache you and your future wife will endure on your journey to become parents. Unfortunately, you will both learn that parenting isn’t an entitlement.

This too shall pass and you will see your Son’s 16th birthday – the story will continue to unfold but i can’t reveal the rest of it right now.

PS. Writing that book to him was a gamble. How that one ends is for the road up ahead.

 

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Life Transition (Dec 2014)

They all got soaked anyway

Walking in the rain

 

(photo: The reunion group got soaked to the bone on the walk to the cars)

The irony of the hike to the waterfalls and the 20-year old not hesitating to go in the water is that it started raining 20 minutes later and the entire group was soaked to the bone.

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