Recently, my father turned 70 and my son 14. Celebrating the two meaningful birthdays put me in a reminiscing mood.
While Dad has successfully navigated the twists and turns in life, my son Eric is just beginning his own journey.
At 35, I’ve entered a new phase of my life, trying to develop a career in the health and fitness industry without upsetting the stability of my family. It’s a bit nerve-wrecking at times, but seeing my father and my son at two different ends of the spectrum gave me clarity on how to move forward.
1. It’s never too late to make your life more meaningful.
It recently occurred to me that Dad was about my age when he had me. While I’m still a bit lost career-wise, he had it figured out at this age: take care of loved ones, treat people kindly and with respect and contribute to the field of international relations.
When I saw Dad a few days before his birthday, I joked, “The big seven-O, that’s pretty old.”
“It’s actually only the beginning,” he said with a smile.
Though a bit clichéd, coming from Dad, a person I respect, it was reassuring. How can it be too late for me to begin living a more meaningful life, when my 70-year old father is still reinventing himself?
2. It's the simple things in life.
We had a family gathering to celebrate Dad’s 70th birthday. All his sibling showed up and my sister flew in from Seattle.
My dad has achieved plenty over the years, but I think he would say his greatest accomplishment is having a strong network of friends and family.
3. Action often speaks louder than words
A few things Dad did when I was young really shaped me into who I am today: