This past Sunday I did something amazing. YES I DID!!! I got to spend some time with my dad. Something I haven’t done much of in the past. You may be scratching your head and wondering why. Well, I’ll tell you why.
Why Haven’t I Seen Much Of Dad In The Past?
I was working a ton of hours and didn’t have much free time.
It was about 11am in the morning. My phone started to ring and I immediately knew who it was. I set a special ring tone that notifies me when it’s dad calling. Dad wanted to go to breakfast and asked me to join him. Having a lot more time on my hands I couldn’t refuse. Plus dad offered to pay. Who could refuse a free breakfast from someone who means a lot to them?
We both agreed to leave the house within 20 minutes and meet at our usual spot. Upon arriving, I realized that I was early and after waiting for 10 minutes decided to ride up a little farther to meet him. Within 5 minutes dad arrived at the closer spot with a puzzled look on his face. He was wondering why I was waiting there for him instead of the agreed upon site. I explained to him that I didn’t mind and that I was excited to spend some quality time with him.
We Rode To The East Ridge Diner And Steak House
After the both of us rode our folding bikes down to the East Ridge Diner And Steak House, and got settled, we had an amazing time. Dad and I discussed a few things that I had on my mind and needed to get out. I didn’t hold anything back and expressed how I was happy about moving forward with my life.
The First Time Going To Dads House In Over A Year
Dad and I were originally going to ride out to Bike Zone in Greece just to see what kind of merchandise they had on sale. Around this time each year, Bike Zone liquidates a lot of bicycles and merchandise before the slow season sets in during the winter months. While riding across the Veterans Memorial Bridge, we got a discussion going about the cover bags for our folding bikes. For the longest time, I’ve been wanting to see how dads cover bag went over his Dahon Folding Bike.
Learning How To Use Dads Folding Bike Cover Bag
That’s when I changed my mind about going to Bike Zone and decided to go to dads house instead. I wanted to see how his cover bag worked and was determined to find out how to use it. Dad immediately agreed, because he was super excited to have me over.
Upon arriving at dads apartment building, we folded up our bikes, went up the elevator to his apartment, and got ready for our little project. Dad got the coffee going while his dog Oscar ran around with excitement. When the coffee was finished, we sat down and drank a cup while watching videos on YouTube.
Power In Motion Makes The Best YouTube Videos
My favorite videos to watch when it comes to anything related to folding bikes is Power In Motion in Calgary, Canada. The Asian gentleman who owns the bicycle store not only makes the best videos, he’s more knowledgeable than anyone I’ve ever watched. His videos are very informational and entertaining.
After watching the video a few times, dad and I felt confident enough to try to duplicate what we saw. At first we fumbled as we tried to get the bag to cover the bike, but after a little trial and error, we finally got it. Once we got the hang of it, we were able to repeatedly attach the bag to his folding bike quickly and easily.
It got to be around 4pm and I told dad that I was going to head home. I didn’t want to ride back home in the dark, plus dad had to get up very early for work the next day. On my way home I couldn’t stop thinking about the fun day I had hanging out with dad. We had the best conversations that we’ve ever had together in our lives.
I’ve learned a lot from this experience and I’d like to share the following tips that I’ve learned along the way.
As I rode away from the bridge and towards the sidewalk that goes to St Paul Street the first thought to come to my mind was this……
Time With Family And Loved Ones Is Valuable
When my grandmother died I wasn’t able to go to Florida to attend her funeral. The same thing happened when a good friend who I looked up to died in the Bronx. I will never be able to get this time back, and to this day it still haunts me. People who are important to us might not be around forever, so it’s important that we spend as much time with them as we can while they are alive. I wish I could have gone to Florida and seen my grandmother more before she died. And I also wish I could have gone to New York City more, and seen my good friend who just happened to be the kindest and most supportive friend I could ever ask for.
Always Believe In Yourself
You have to have confidence in your abilities and believe that you can do anything if you truly believe in yourself. And there’s no reason you shouldn’t believe in yourself.
Pursue Your Dreams
For the longest time I’ve had the dream of running a successful website that I could replace my regular income with. Over the years I’ve had many failures and successes, and each time I failed I learned from my mistakes. This has helped me become more successful at running andythousand.com. It has been a long tough journey to get to where I am, and there’s plenty more left to learn. Things are changing rapidly around us at lightning speed rates.
What we know today most likely wont be of any use by tomorrow. That’s why we have to keep an open mind to learning new things and adapting to sudden changes.
It’s takes a lot of hard work to pursue your dreams and sometimes we feel like just giving up. It’s frustrating to feel like no matter how much time and hard work we put in we’re just not getting anywhere. This happens to everyone. It’s happened to the most successful people in the world. The difference is that they didn’t give up when things got tough. Instead they roughed it out until they had no choice but to succeed.
Never Give Up
We never see the failures that these successful people experienced because all we hear about are the successes. Many of them have even failed more than we have. So the next time you feel like giving up remember that when you do succeed, all the hardships and pain that you experienced to get there will be more than worth it. Because while you’re enjoying your success, the ones who quit will still be just dreaming.
REMEMBER, SUCCEED AND LIVE FREE!!!!!!!!!
Let’s Do a Little Recap Here
Dad and I haven’t seen each other enough in the past.
We met for lunch on Saturday.
Spent many hours together.
Had amazing conversations.
He bought lunch.
I went over to dads house.
We figured out his folding bike cover bag.
Took my Brompton out for a ride.
Felt free for once.
Regret not attending funerals.
Realized loved ones are most important.
Successful people never give up.
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