Things I want my son to know.
Lesson #15 – Follow your heart, create your path.
Out mowing the lawn on a gorgeous sunny Sunday, I look back and find that you’re mowing the lawn right behind me!
Like. A. Boss.
Your mum took this awesome photo, and while at the time I didn’t realise you were there, when I saw you, then I saw this picture , it was profound, in so many ways.
Firstly, you were there, and I didn’t see you imitating me. Secondly, you were cutting the grass, creating your own path, but imitating me doing. Thirdly, and most significantly, there was the combination of both 1 and 2 – you were watching me, copying me, and felt it was normal and importantly, the right thing to do.
Son, like every human on earth, I am flawed. In so many ways.
You followed, along a path I had trod, and felt safe, and that it was the right thing to do, and for that I am amazed.
Each day I tell myself that I must be the best dad in the world to you. You are looking at my every action, reaction. Listening to every word and response.
I will try, and I emphasis the word try – to be better each day. But I want you to know this:
Your life is your greatest teacher. What you experience, only you can experience and learn from. I only hope that I have walked a path that you could be proud of, that one day you think “I want to be like dad”.
I will always want you to be better than me, an improvement on the current model, and create a better example than I am trying to.
Ps. The lawn isn’t going to mow its self!