At about 70 years old, my dad became a genealogist. It became his passion for the remaining 16 years of his life. He found dead relatives at a rapid pace and created an air tight, accurate chronology for the family. He really should have been a researcher in his career because he was “nails.”
Dad even wrote a biography of his life in the late 90’s to share with family members forever. Dad wrote a very nice memoir that covered his life growing up during the Great Depression, serving in the Navy during World War II, and being sent to Bogotá, Colombia where he met and married the love of his life in 1958.
I was shocked however when I finished his book and it ended abruptly in 1964 with my birth. What?! I asked him why he left off the previous nearly 40 years. His response was, “Nothing else really happened. I just settled down and raised a family. Nothing special to talk about.”
Look, we all have a story that defines our lives and the “movie” that bears our name. The adversity, the success, the decisions, the characters, and the conversations. You may think it’s boring, and you’re either wrong or you need to change the script. We are all writing our biographies (and I recommend you write them down before you get too old and forget) and we have control of the scenes. Being Unleashed means that you have the courage and confidence to maximize your potential and talent. And maybe most importantly, you get to write and perform an Oscar winning performance…if you have the courage to do it.
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This week’s quote –
Always do your best. What you do now, you will harvest later..”~ Og Mandino