My children turn three today, which means it is my civic duty to tell you about it.
I mean, it IS their birthday and what sort of parent would I be to not let the world know how blessed and happy I am on this day. It became my birthright three years ago to do so. It gives me the day to tell you their miracle story of entering this world. How we found a wounded stork, nursed it back to health, before it gifted us with the two most beautiful children ever created.
Seriously, your kids might be perfect, but my kids are perfect-er. And I have two of them.
This is where I break out into a list of life lessons for my children. A list they don’t know how to read and by the time they come of age to understand the list, I will likely have forgotten about writing it.
Remember when you were three? How come you didn’t take my damn advice. You whippersnappers never listen these days! In my day if you didn’t listen to your advice on your third birthday you got yourself a whooping!
1) Believe in yourself, the way I believe in you.
You are an amazing little hyper ball of potential. Through the years, you will learn to hone your focus in on more than cartoons and gummy bears.When you have dreams and aspirations, seize them. Grind. Put in work. While the pulse on The American Dream seems faint, it is still beating. Believe in your ability to realize the things you want in your life and put that realization into action.
2) Try new things.
you never get in this world playing it safe. Step off into the great unknown. The thing about safety nets is they stop you from that potential we just talked about. Free fall and amaze yourself by learning how to fly. The greatest rewards in life come from stepping out without a back up plan. Learn. Adapt. Evolve. Survive. Thrive.
3) Never finish your plate.
this might sound contrary to what I tell you at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Stay hungry. Do not become content. Master a craft and then master another one. always leave room in your life for new things. Don’t ever get full of yourself.
If my advice doesn’t suit you, maybe because you can’t read or it’s “dad advice” you have to learn the hard way. I am also providing some audio advice. Calling in some of my own inspiration, to share with you in the hopes it ignites your fire too. Happy Birthday, Killian and Nicolas. Let’s eat cake.
“Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s. “
“you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”
“Great moments are born from great opportunity.
And that’s what you have here tonight, boys.
That’s what you’ve earned here, tonight.”