Home' Nonahood News : NONA 060116 Contents If I had to choose
among all of the months,
June is likely my favorite.
I think my love for the
month that is known for
people “gettin’ hitched”
probably started the day
I was born, June 28. Plac-
ing the self-indulgent
birthday promotion aside
(I really like beer if any
of you need gift ideas), I
think it started when I first realized the month of June
was the start of SUMMER VACATION!
To drill down a little further, June 1998 was my fa-
vorite June thus far because that was when I graduated
from high school. The excitement of moving on from
high school was like a fantasy of emotions. Choosing
my college classes and scheduling them around sleep-
ing in and partying the night before was, in my world,
the equivalent of hitting the lottery. I remember there
was so much advice given that I didn’t listen to or prac-
tice as I moved on into adulthood. Therefore, I can’t
really offer much in the way of advice to any of the
grads getting ready to start their own journey. Howev-
er, what I can offer is a quick tribute to someone who,
at the time, I didn’t listen to much. As an adult, though,
I have learned a lot more by observing his actions and
his life’s work. Quite fitting that Father’s Day (June 19)
also falls within the month of June.
On top of being my dad, I’ve seen him proficiently
wear the hats of the following: mentor, coach, husband,
financial planner, fisherman, boat captain, mechanic,
carpenter, electrician, plumber, painter, gardener, run-
ner, salesman, cook, chauffeur, comedian, dancer, ass-
kicker, and snake charmer (don’t ask, just believe me).
I know I’ve missed some, and I’ll leave it up to my fam-
ily to add to the list in a nonpublished venue. From
all of that, my biggest take-away was simply that he
needed to start doing those things to become proficient
at them. He took action because he believed in himself.
He believed from the beginning that he would succeed.
To take it a step further, he didn’t stop at the first fail-
ure or frustration, he kept at it until the job was done.
Always learning while doing, he asked questions of the
right people, sought advice when necessary, and read
books when needed. I can’t imagine what he could
have accomplished when I was a kid if he had Google
or YouTube as tools.
Back to June 1998. Much of my life after high school
was spent not taking risks or “leaps of faith” because I
didn’t have experience, specific education, or so-called
talent. I realize now what I didn’t have was the per-
spective to believe in myself and take action.
Grads, Open Your Eyes and Think About Your Dads
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