At my core I believe that having a child in your life is an opportunity to build a better you; You 2.0, if you will. In Alaska when you use a trapper cabin, you are to leave it better than you found it. A well-raised, sane, healthy child will provide value well after you are gone, and by that you leave the world in better shape than you what you received.
My parents dropped the ball with me. I was raised in mediocrity. It was unsaid for the most part, but “just OK” was what I was taught. I lived it for twenty-nine FREAKIN’ years, it was all I knew.
And then I picked up a book at the library (which I subsequently bought after reading only 19 pages) in 2009 and a guy by the name of Tim Ferris reached out of the pages and gave me the two-piece with a biscuit! Like Ike to Tina. Like Bert has wanted to do to Ernie so many times. I woke up. I unplugged from The Matrix.
To live a mediocre life is a waste. Period. And this world is full of mediocre people. To live to just get to the end is disgraceful. To do whatever you want and not provide any value to anyone by any means is shameful.
People always wonder why I am so aggressive, no holds barred, brash, wanting to squeeze every drop out of life. Blame it on mediocrity.