For this week’s #writehere, it’s asking, “What’s Your Motto?” Or, think of it this way: the advice you live by.
Mine comes from a trusty source, Theodore Roosevelt:
We must all either wear out or rust out, every one of us. My choice is to wear out. -TEDDY ROOSEVELT
It’s pretty self-explanatory, but it does mean a lifestyle that impacts my family. So here are ways I choose to “wear out:”
I’m also a husband, father, employee, and son. I have a lot of responsibilities on top of the hobbies I have.
But this is where I find fulfillment and meaning in life. I want to experience what life, or God, has to offer. I don’t want to assume that I can wait to experience these things. My dad is a perfect example of this.
My dad worked hard his whole life and was finally able to retire in his early 60s. It was the perfect time for him to travel more and enjoy his two granddaughters. Sadly, just one or two years into retirement, he suffered a debilitating stroke. While he was lucky to survive, he was confined to a wheelchair. And each year after, it was harder and harder for him to leave the house on simple chores.
So I’ve decided to not let work get in the way of enjoying life. But it does impact my family. While I do a lot of the listed activities above with my family, there are times where I will hike or camp on my own, maybe overnight. I don’t do it often and I make sure I’m not forgetting my duties and responsibilities. But it is a priority for me.
Theodore Roosevelt is a perfect example of someone very active in his life, so I know he lived by his motto. I’m trying to, also.