I love origin stories. There’s something about witnessing the beginning of something that captures me. It mixes the excitement of embarking on something new with the hope and potential a person or story may become.
Whenever I complete a TV series, I always start over from the beginning and re-watch the first few episodes, just to witness how the characters were first introduced to us or met one another. My favorite part of superhero movies is to watch them first gain their superpower, but then struggle to find the balance between power and responsibility.
Now that I’m writing my origin story, I want it to be epic. The reality is that it won’t be. For me, it is something new and exciting filled with hope and potential. But for you, it’ll read a lot more like a course syllabus, simply outlining what I hope to carry out through this blog…boring.
Before I get into the mission statement of this blog, I suppose it’s only fair that I offer a bit of background. As with a lot of origin stories, this one begins with tragedy. When I was nineteen and home from college during winter break, my father had a heart attack and died. He was 48.
Fast forward ten years and I had a son of my own, and then within 18 months, I had another. I knew my father when I was a child and I knew him when I was an angsty adolescent, but I never got the opportunity to know him as an adult.
Now my intention is to live a long life, however, I can’t say it hasn’t occurred to me that my father’s fate would become my own and my fate would become my sons. While there will never be a substitute for actually getting to know my father through the adult stage of my life, if by chance my life (and subsequent death) follow a similar path, I wanted to create a place for my sons to have access to a version of me throughout their life.
Thus, this blog was born. Truthfully, it is less of a blog and more of a public (and very long) letter to my kids.
My hope is that this blog outlines my values and the lessons I hope I am instilling in my boys, while at the same time revealing a bit of my personality along the way. I want my kids to read it in the years to come and find some connection to me no matter what stage of life they are at.
If others find it beneficial that is an added bonus in my mind, and the reason that I made it public. I am not an authority on anything outside of my own opinions and beliefs, some of which you may agree with and others you may not.
My hope for my kids is that they learn to think deeply about the world around them and my goal for these writings is that they challenge them to think deeper about the topics I write about. I don’t want my kids (or anyone else for that matter) to adopt my beliefs. I want them to do the painstaking work of forging their own.
Now that I’ve outlined the conceptual side of this blog, let’s talk logistics. My goal to start out with is to write two blog posts a week. I intend to write about a variety of topics, but here are a few general themes you can expect: Personal Finance, Minimalism, Parenting, Health, and Life Lessons.
This blog is a window into my life and thoughts. I want my kids to read it and get a better understanding of who their dad was at the time of the writing; what I thought about, what I valued, and what I struggled with. I won’t commit to any specific structure, but will rather post on the things that are a present part of my life experiences.
Now that you know a little about the origins of this blog, I hope you are able to find value in it. If you’d like to know more about me or the content you can expect to find here, check out my About Page.
So it begins.