This page will be dedicated to living life to the fullest. Never forgetting life is short, and one day our time will be up. Damn that sucks….
Celebrating the fruits of my labor..Vacation 2017- The beach is where I love to be. The ocean gives me energy. The speaker is a little overkill. But boy does it kick ass. Great time
How to drop off your kid at college and not have an emotional breakdown
There are moments in a parent’s life that are momentous.
Our child’s birth, first day of school, graduation, moving your kid to college. All the ones between. These moments bring out a lot of emotions. We visit those emotions every time those memories come to mind. Yesterday we dropped off my second child at college, my oldest son will be a junior this year. The emotions were coming at me in all different directions. For my wife and I this day brings a certain sense of accomplishment. Then there’s the fear of your child being on his own for the first time. Yes, they no longer need us to watch their every move. Of course, there’s sadness. Which all parents experience whenever our loved ones are away from us. Let’s not forget the excitement of knowing we are one step closer to being empty nesters. Doing whatever we want. That excitement erases the sadness factor in some parents more than others.
Worrying that I wasn’t the best parent in the world.
There are things I wish I would’ve done better. I’ve always worked long hours to try to give my family everything they needed. I try to attend all my kid’s important events. I do feel I missed a lot of everyday events when working 7 days a week. I wish there was more time in the day to make the money and still spend quality family time.
Family dinners seem to be a thing of the past for most people.
Our family is one the few who have dinner together most days a week. The times together at the dinner table are so important. Denmark has been voted the happiest place in the world. They contribute this to quality family time together. They actually set specific times for the family. There are certain stipulations within this time together. They call this time hygge, which means to have a cozy time together. It relates with mindfulness. Concentrating on that moment as it’s happening with the family together. Families should try to at least make an effort to get together for dinner once in awhile.
As this day came closer I tried to come up with some advice for my son.
I warned him about the downtime and the boring times he will come across between college classes. “Once the homework is complete, try and make the most of your time.” His eyes were rolling at this moment. “Stuff like exercising, or to never stop learning.” What I am saying is limit the time sitting around and playing video games. Blah Blah Blah… This advice went in one ear and out the other, but at least I said it and he heard it. I also let him know how proud I am to be his father, and I know he will be just fine on his new adventure. Our dinner table has gone from six people to four. Time has flown by since that first day I became parent 20 years ago. I’m not going to dwell on the past. The mistakes I made I tried to learn from. There are no directions or schooling in parenting. We do the best job we can. Hoping are children are prepared for every endeavor they face. My son will do great things, and we are excited for him
First 5K Included Mud and Obstacles
Long distance running has never been appealing to me. I can ride a bike for an unlimited amount of miles. When it comes to running I like to make it short and quick. This 5K mud run was a ton of fun. It included some semi-challenging obstacles. The best part was going at your own pace, the worst part was trying to get all that mud off myself and my clothes.It all benefited a children’s charity. While I was crawling through the mud I had to keep reminding myself of the fact this was for charity. All, in all it was an experience my family and I will never forget.
Music that takes me back to my rebellious days. Parents divorcing, trying to figure out what to do with my life. Partying like a rock star. The hard driven music by Guns N Roses came at a perfect time. It’s been 24 years since I seen them last, tonight should be an epic night.
Post-concert update: The boys from Guns N Roses came through and put on a great show. They played for about 2 1/2 hours and prove that they are all stellar musicians. I’ve had more than one person ask me, “Did Axl look fat?” Axl looked pretty good and remember he is 54 years old. There’s no question he can still sing, and the way he sings is no easy task. Of course, I try to belt out the lyrics along with Axl and end up coughing up a lung. I was in awe of Slash and the way he played his Gibson flawlessly. After GNR and Bonnaroo in the last few weeks, I’m thinking I should give my ears a rest.
Why not live life to the fullest.
Music will most likely be a huge focus on this page. I use the power of music to relieve stress, chill out, and I honestly love great music down to the depths of my soul. Live music with crowds singing in euphoria, is a great escape for me. That’s why I plan along with my buddy a road trip to the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee. This page will be updated daily during that trip. Living life to the fullest and trying to live an Epic life.
THE DREAM CAME TRUE….BONNAROO!!!!!
I can’t stress enough the joy that live music brings me. When I think of living an epic life somehow music will be involved in one way or another. The Bonnaroo Music festival lived up to every expectation I had with over 150 bands playing in 4 days. The positive message and peace that the 80000 patrons displayed was mesmerizing. Everyone’s heard of the peace and love that Woodstock is famous for. This is something the people who put on Bonnaroo have captured. The festival is celebrating its fifteenth year, and according to regular attendees gets better every year. Picture the scene from the movie Almost Famous when the band is traveling on their tour bus, and Elton Johns song Tiny Dancer comes on the radio and all the people on the bus start singing along and smiling. That euphoric feeling happened several times to me over the 4 days. It’s a feeling I hope you can have because you deserve it and finding it will make you a stronger and happier person. I feel like a changed person when I take time for myself and being free to experience new experiences.
There’s one thing I’m terrible at when on vacation, that’s working out. I obviously take working out and staying in shape very seriously accept when I’m on vacation. At Bonnaroo, they offered yoga sessions every morning and I just happened to bring my yoga mat on the trip. I hope to dedicate a whole page on yoga very soon. The workouts I did were so awesome it’s got me totally interested in yoga once again. Another dream of mine will be to learn how to teach yoga and someday be a full fledged yoga teacher. I will definitely use the method this excellent yoga teacher named Sheri Celentano used. Basic yoga with outstanding music in the background. I can’t say enough about what yoga does for me. The number one thing we have to work on, as we age, is staying limber. When I finish a yoga session I not only feel invigorated but I also feel light on my feet. I know yoga may seem a little fruity for some tough guys out there. The beauty of the internet is you can check out some youtube videos and give it a try in the comfort of your home. I know you will find this is not only a great relaxing technique but also a great workout.
This epic life adventure was a big one. I have to mention once again I’m a father of four and this week we are graduating my second child. So needless to say I have a very understanding wife. I thought I would be doing a trip like this in retirement but I made it happen this year and I’m so glad I got to experience Bonnaroo. The word Bonnaroo is a slang term for “having a really good time” and it lived up to its definition.
BONNAROO ROAD TRIP
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time”-Mark Twain
This page is definitely not about dying, it’s about living. In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years. That one from Abraham Lincoln, a great man indeed. Please don’t mistake this page for bragging. I’m not bragging, I’m trying to convey that anything is possible in life, and things that you think could never happen to you, can happen and they just might be as great as you expected them to be. I’ve always been a dreamer when I graduated high school I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. My mom and dad were on the edge of divorce so there was turmoil in the household. I started to escape with my headphones on and just losing myself in all different kinds of music. It was my meditation in music and love for music that made me decide to pursue a career in radio. That career choice didn’t quite work out, but my love of music did work out. Losing myself in a great song takes me to a place with no stress or drama.
I’m a father of 4 beautiful kids and I’m lucky enough to be married to the most beautiful girl I’d ever laid my eyes on. My kids are getting older so life has gotten a little easier on my wife and me. If you’re a parent of young ones, trust me when I say, it will get easier just be strong and try to set good examples. Not sure if my dream road trip to the Bonnaroo music festival is the greatest example of a responsible person. I know one thing it’s going to make me a better father and husband. The fact that I’m doing something I’ve dreamed of doing and I’m doing it right now.
Fear, that’s one thing that was holding me back from the dream. Sure if I was a man with few responsibilities, the decision would have been made immediately. Especially when they announced this year’s headliner, Pearl Jam, at Bonnaroo. Most of the time I put those responsibilities first and put me second. I really have no problem with that. Life can be very busy and this usually led me to decide there will be a better time. My buddy and I considered Bonnaroo last year but weren’t totally sold on last years lineup which included Billy Joel and Mumford and Sons. We saw Pearl Jam a few years back and were blown away. I’ve always been a huge fan and decided after the last show I would travel to see them whenever I could. So I’ve decided to retire for 5 days. First night in music city Nashville Tennessee. Then on to camp for 4 days in the sweltering heat, surrounded by the sweet sounds of summer. It will be a good practice for retirement. Until that day comes I’m just trying to live an epic life and on my way to Bonnaroo.