— Margaret Shepherd
I haven’t shared an anecdote in a while, but my recent stay at my parents home left me dying to share one with you.
I love my parents, who celebrated their 35th anniversary this week. Strangely enough, while I get along with both of my parents, we get along in very different ways. My mom is the authority on all things food, literature, grammar, and knows more pop culture than me. She is also from where my type A qualities of planning and organization come.
My dad, Ray Sr., is more likely to miss an appointment or eat leftover tacos every night for a week. But I get my nerdy interest, academic aspirations, and dry sense of humor from him. In many ways, I can see how I am a blend of my parents personalities and characteristics. I’ve often caught myself using inherited mannerisms, and I often vowed never to use them again. But on this particular trip home, my father and I realized just how similar we were.
The picture on this post is of our fishing licenses. Sometimes, when documents get sent to their house, my dad will sign documents for me, since we have the same name. The eerie part about this picture is that we both signed our own licenses independently.
Okay, so our signatures are the same, not impressed? Well that night at dinner, my dad ordered duck with roasted brussels sprouts. The waitress asked how he would like his duck done, medium rare. Then my mom said that really he was more excited about the Brussels sprouts. Playfully, the waitress asked how he would like the sprouts done. In stereo, we both replied “to perfection.” Without rehearsal, without hesitation, without prompting we both had the same clever response. DOESN’T THAT WIG YOU OUT A LITTLE?
The moral of the story is that as much as we sometimes don’t want to believe it, we are more like those who raised us than we realize it, and many of us can be proud of that.
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— Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness
“Despite all the things we all experience, like heartbreak and pain, it takes being able to get through it to realize the beauty of life. All the negative makes you realize the things that matter. It puts the petty things in perspective.”
— Jason Peters
Sometimes it takes life turning things upside-down for us to take a better look. All the pain, all the heartbreak… they brought us here.
Gain perspective from every experience. Don’t let the little things flip your world. And when your life goes topsy-turvy, enjoy the view while you can. Who knows– you might like it better that way.
Drink in life, don’t drown in it.
Keep Your Head Up, Andy Grammer