Have you reviewed 2015 yet?
You know…wins, losses, draws.
Our family’s big win was selling our house. Yes, you read that correctly. We had been trying to sell it on and off for the last ten years. I think our jaws are still on the floor from selling it in one day. From the offer to closing, we kept waiting for the deal to cancel because we never thought it would happen. We are normally positive people, after working with three or four different realtors you hope wanes. We are very happy to have a new place. This will be the house I grow old and die in.
This was also the year my son decided to play soccer last summer. I volunteered to help coach. I wound up as the teams head coach. The last time I kicked a soccer ball I was their age.
Here’s the thing, I run, bike and swim long distances. Have you noticed the common theme of those sports? You can do them by yourself. I’m not a team sport type of guy. My first reaction was “you got the wrong guy”. I coach the math team by playing the games with the kids. I can’t coach a soccer team. Have you seen the VW commercial where the dad is trying to teach the kids to throw the baseball? That’s me. We got through the season. I don’t think we won any games, but we had fun and learned about teamwork and good sportsmanship.
The rest of the year was packed with many other family and volunteer adventures that are too numerous to count. We explored our new neighborhood. We took the scouts to the wolf park in Lafayette. We camped at the IMS. A second grader told me I was too loud at the math bowl championships. Lots of exciting things happened this year. I even started to co-host a podcast.
If you’re reading this, I’d encourage you to make your own adventure. Lead your family on their own awesome year. I hear a lot of people making excuses as to why they can’t have family adventures.
My next project is starting a hiking club for families. Here’s the crazy thing, most of these hikes will be within the 465 loop. We are going to explore our own backyard. My plan is to meet once a month at places like Holiday Park, Ritchey Woods in Fishers and The Cultural Trail. The goal is to get kids outdoors, away from the screens, and with their families. We will hike one to three miles. I’m going to start this month. If you send people positive vibes, I’ll take them.
Make your own adventure.
Note, I am participating in the #ThinkKit16 writing project. This is day two. Each morning, I receive a writing prompt and I try to write a blog post on it. I plan to do my best to participate in this daily prompts. My plan is to write something on most days. If you’d like to participate, search ThinkKit.org.