I’ve said it previously, but my father seems to sense things sometimes decades in advance. I remember growing up begging to play football. I was probably around ten—nearly three decades ago. My dad adamantly said no despite my endless pleas, which had to have driven him insane, and despite the fact that my wonderful mom probably urged him to let us play—she was always the fun one.
He was a safety engineer and read countless studies on head injuries. He said that football posed too great of a risk of head and spinal injuries, even at a young age.
Fast forward to today, and movies like Concussion have made it common knowledge that football causes head injuries. It would have been much easier for my dad to let us play football and go along with what everyone else was doing in a crazed sports culture that prioritizes athletics over family.
Off the Rails
In my opinion, most of what our society accepts as normal is actually insane—nearly everything is upside down and you’re asked to believe that red is actually blue. It takes courage to go your own way, but I know one thing—virtually everything you hear that the media claims to be true, was actually actually never true to begin with or is no longer true, because of the time decay of information. The reality is that we have to begin thinking for ourselves again in America. This is one of the reasons I have loved my experience in Maine, because it reminds I have a choice and can actually build things and chart a very different course than what is prescribed.
My first big lesson in this was when I lived in Atlanta—I bought a condo. All the experts said condos were a bad investment. Everyone of them. Yet it was an amazing investment. Anything I’ve done well at in at life isn’t because I am smarter, it’s because my parents gave me the gift of thinking for myself and finding the courage to not fit in when it was necessary. Obviously, if you know me, I don’t always rise to the occasion, but I have never been disappointed when I have.
There is no one way to get through life and you can go your own way. The best way is to think for yourself knowing that in the end, people actually respect you for it. I hope you find courage in the madness to keep your wits about you and do the right thing, to the best of your ability and knowledge, even when everyone else isn’t.