As of today, I’ve been a father for 3 years, 2 months, and 8 days. And for the past 16 months, 2 weeks and 5 days – a father of two :)
While doubling up on kids has been quite the adjustment (why doesn’t anyone ever tell you how much harder two is??), I’m learning a lot about being a dad, and really about human nature in general.
Particularly, that kids are much smarter than us adults.
They’re happy with what they have! Give them a cardboard box or a $100 toy and they’ll be just as pleased with it. Happiness = happiness to them!
They never stop learning. They’re constantly exploring and asking “why” every three seconds.
They tell everyone what they know. Sometimes it’s irrelevant (my eldest just informed me that “ghosts don’t have penises” haha…), but by and large shared information is better for everyone ;) Imagine if all your friends told you their tricks with money and life?
They’re honest about everything. And I mean everything.
They dream like crazy. It doesn’t matter how realistic they are or not!
They never stop having fun. (Isn’t being old boring some times??)
And most importantly, they LOVE unconditionally. They don’t even know what “grudge” means.
Of course, they also don’t have any responsibility or need for money whatsoever, but those minor facts aside they’re living it up right ;) And the truth is, the more we can learn to copy them in some of these, the better we’d be off too.
There’s something to be said for the basics. So long as we’re fed, clothed, (hopefully healthy!) and have a warm place to sleep at night, life really isn’t that bad. The rest is just extra.
Do your best to be happy with what you have over the weekend, and know that things will be okay if you’re struggling! Keep learning, dreaming, sharing, and loving those around you as best as you can. It may not make you a millionaire over night, but it’ll bring you joy a lot sooner. And from what I can tell with my two boys, that’s all that seems to matter :)
See ya back on Monday, friends.
PS: If I’m slow to respond the next few days, it’s because I’m hanging out with other money nerds at our yearly financial blogging conference :) If you happen to be there too, come find me and say hi!
[Photo by woodleywonderworks // Could you tell what that kid was doing up there?]