…ing my father to dismantle his old view of the world and all the rusty old norms that went with it. He’s got nothing to hide behind anymore. He’s confronting the world head-on, and as a result, he seems lighter and looser than he has in years.
…to have access to everything and make plans for every eventuality. This even includes my own death. The week after my mum died, I bought a black box file from Staples and filled it with every document that anyone could possibly need when I die. My will is in there. My life insurance is in there. I recently purchased my own funeral, so determined am I to do all of this by myself, and the details are right there. Theoretically, someone could take care of the whole thing by giving a reference number to an undert…
…et consumed by our daily routines. With each passing day, the memory fades along with the pain. But I hope this memory stays alive. And to keep it alive, I institute a new ritual in my life — to serve someone less fortunate than me at least once a month, and pass on the love and joy with which I remember the last son of the lineage I carry in me.
d tal…s not simply I.Q. points that matter. Brains are necessary, yes, and talent sure helps. But so does the human element: Do people like you and want to help you succeed? Are you willing to ask for some help, to listen and learn, to show appreciation?
…cted to alcohol. I take responsibility for the fact that I put myself in risky territory. However, drunk or sober, I still didn’t deserv…cted to alcohol. I take responsibility for the fact that I put myself in risky territory. However, drunk or sober, I still didn’t deserve to be violated in the ways that I was.