Episode 2: Strong Willed, is a story of strength, fortitude, and a celebration of resilience told through letters that were written to my sons from several months in 2015. In Episode 1: For Dad I looked back to the generation before me. In this episode, I take a look at the generation after me by sharing a story of life and death with my son, Connor. This story may bring you thoughts of sadness or grief, but I want to change your perspective on that. This is a story of choosing to overcome adversity, and how an unborn child recalibrated his father’s mindset with one powerful kick. Things happen to us, but like Connor proved, those things don’t define us. Good and bad things come and go like life speed bumps, but you can choose to have an unconquerable soul and turn anything into an action for good.
This is only part of Connor’s story, as I will discuss him more throughout this podcast. In this episode I tie together the words my parents wrote, especially my dad, in the late 70’s and early 80’s. I share how I forgave my father about writing to his grandson too late in life, from a letter he wrote me on March 16, 1981.
Time is not a right, it is a privilege. Life is precious, unexpected, and unpredictable. But like my mom wrote to me in 1979, “This world is only as you make it.” Health is wealth. Vulnerability is strength. Strength is a choice. You are the master of your fate. You are the captain of your soul. Choose strength and be unconquerable.
Books mentioned on the show:
The Art of Living by Epictetus
Mask of Masculinity by Lewis Howes
Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman