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I’m an on-the-go dad. Like you, I’m busy and hardly ever sitting down in front of my computer checking for comments as much as I’d like on this blog. But my iPhone is literally on 24/7 and I do respond almost immediately if you want to reach out to me on Twitter. Ask me a follow up question, weigh in and let me know what you think or just stop by and Tweet me hello…
This post is for anyone out there who might be having a tough day, week–or month! “Don’t Dream It’s Over” is a message about not giving up and really struck a chord with me this week. To be honest for whatever reason, I caught myself feeling a little discouraged trying to balance work and family life. I didn’t feel like the best parent. Ever been there? Nothing out of the ordinary, you know, just life happening–all at once.
But just when I felt like emotionally throwing in the towel I was brought back by the words from the song. Funny how small things sometimes make a big difference.
It’s hard to explain exactly why the kids in the video above from PS22 inspire me so much. Maybe it’s nostalgia? A flood of memories from 6th grade like my teacher Mr. Pando, the smell of the cafeteria and playing touch football on the playground rush in when I hear them sing.
Maybe it’s because I can hear my own children in their voices? I start to reflect on how fast they are growing up and it makes me feel sad that I won’t have them like this for much longer. The time I spend with them is so valuable. The pangs of regret so painful when I feel like I’m falling short. But there is wisdom and solace in some of the lyrics:
There is freedom within, there is freedom without
Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
There’s a battle ahead, many battles are lost
But you’ll never see the end of the road
While you’re traveling with me
So spot on–as parents we know “There’s a battle ahead, many battles are lost…” That’s how I feel…and it’s overwhelming sometimes. Being a parent isn’t easy but we stick it out, get back up off the ground and keep going because it’s the most important job we’ll ever have. I’m blessed with great kids and a strong wife and take comfort in the words– “But you’ll never see the end of the road while you’re traveling with me …”
Hey now, hey now
Don’t dream it’s over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in
They come, they come
To build a wall between us
We know they won’t win…
Hang in there.