This is such a great piece, Jack.
I don’t know if my kids saw that I lived my life, pretty much the way I wanted to before their mother died. I know she did as well. But I also know, that in many ways I martyred myself for them after her passing. Hopefully, they’re seeing the example of me taking steps to remedy that situation as I approach my own 55th birthday.
The truth is, we mostly all want what’s best for our kids but sometimes we get too buried in the details of surviving to actually live.
Happy Birthday my friend. You’ve been an inspiration to me for a long time now.