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Parenting Note #762: Another Year Around The Sun

parenting note #762

I turn 44 today.

I’m at the age where people come to me for advice.

I’m not sure how I tricked people into thinking I’ve got my shit together enough to hand out wisdom or knowledge. Still, I’m always happy to extend consultation and offer an opinion.

I try never to say “this is what you should do” because that implies my course of action is correct. Instead, I share a similar personal experience with the disclaimer, “this is how I screwed up, so don’t repeat these mistakes.”

The note today is inspired by those requests for counsel. With age comes experience, but that doesn’t necessarily mean making the correct choice, even most of the time.

If my decisions have a 45-50% success rate, I’m a happy guy, especially because I’m old enough to understand that so many factors are completely out of my control.

Getting older causes a person to – hopefully – deliberate a little bit longer before making important decisions.

The one nugget of wisdom of advice I will extoll in any situation will always be this – make a choice.

It might not be the right choice, but you’ll find out sooner rather than later if it’s the right or wrong decision.

Having said all this, I’m happy to introduce a new running feature to the website…

Ask Chris Anything

It’s like a Dear Abby advice segment for the modern world from a guy who has some funny opinions about life, relationships, parenting, work, and just about everything.

The difference between Abby and me will be, well, first, she’s dead, and I’m alive, but second, my answers will be in video form.

If you have a question for me – or a question about me – send it to messagewithabottle@gmail.com.

I’ll answer a few questions every week and post the answers to INSTAGRAM, YOUTUBE, TWITTER, TUMBLR, TIKTOK, FACEBOOK, and wherever paperbacks are sold.

Make sure you’re following me on those platforms, so you don’t miss an update.

The first installment of Ask Chris Anything drops this week.

OTHER STUFF I DID ON INSTAGRAM THAT YOU PROBABLY MISSED

OTHER THINGS I DID WHEN I WASN’T WRITING NOTES

ON LAST WEEK’S EPISODE OF “WE RUN THIS”

Taping nipples. Knowing where to find all the best public bathrooms. Wearing medals. Runners do have some quirks, but can any of this behavior be classified as “weird”?

In this special episode, Chris and Gina review a recent list published on Runner’s World that lists 30 weird things runners do compared to other athletes and just regular people.

LISTEN TO OUR BREAKDOWN OF THE “WEIRD” THINGS RUNNERS DO

ON LAST WEEK’S EPISODE OF “NOT ABOUT WRESTLING”

James Ellsworth’s rise to WWE stardom was 14 long years in the making. One night in 2016, fate stepped in and turned Ellsworth into a household name thanks to a brief promo before getting squashed by Braun Strowman on Raw.

Ellsworth’s story is pretty amazing and proof that a person should never quit doing what he or she loves.

LISTEN TO OUR INTERVIEW WITH JAMES ELLSWORTH

STUFF I WROTE ABOUT THAT WASN’T ON STICKY NOTES

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Thanks, everyone. Have a great week. Be kind to one another,

Chris



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