A Life That’s Good

My parents mean the world to me.

I’m lucky to have them. They have always supported me. They have always let me be me, even when they didn’t necessarily get it. They always supported my curiosity, facilitated learning, and let me figure things out for myself. I always knew that they would help in whatever way they could whenever I needed it.

When I was little and wanted to play soccer, they learned about the sport and helped me learn it as well. They never questioned my love for it. My Dad started watching games on his own, so we could talk about it later. Watching the USA games in the middle of the night during the 2002 World Cup with my Dad is one of my favorite soccer memories.

They supported my love for music. No matter what crazy stuff I was listening to, they never pushed back. I’ll always remember my Mom driving me around to find a limited edition CD of Pearl Jam’s Vs. when it came out.

My parents had me when they were older. Now that they’re in their late 70’s, their health is becoming an issue. My Mom is now in an assisted living facility and her health has been declining rapidly since the end of last year. My dad is losing his sight and he’s starting to be affected by not having anyone at home with him.

It’s been killing me to see this happen. After all that my parents have done for me, I have to do something for them.

For this reason, I’m in the process of moving back to Stockbridge to help take care of them.

It’s a big change in my life, stepping back from a ten year career at Soccer in the Streets and my life in Atlanta. It’s worth it though to make things better for the people who have given me everything.

Do I know what will happen next? No, I truly don’t. I know that I can freelance, I can work from home, and I can find ways to earn money that will still allow me to do what I need to do at home.

I just know that I can’t sit and watch this go on any longer. I can’t miss out on what remaining time I have left with them. I can’t watch from a distance as they suffer, not when I am in a position to do something about it.

Recently, my love of music led me to getting into the TV show Nashville. There’s a song that has become an anthem of sorts for the show, the lyrics have consistently been popping up in my head in recent months as I struggle with what I have to do. I will leave you with them here.

Sittin’ here tonight,
By the fire light,
it reminds me I already have more than I should.
I don’t need fame, no one to know my name,
at the end of the day,
Lord I pray, I have a life that’s good.
Two arms around me, heaven to ground me,
and a family that always calls me home,
Four wheels to get there, enough love to share
and a sweet sweet sweet song
At the end of the day,
Lord I pray,
I have a life that’s good.
Sometimes I’m hard on me,
When dreams don’t come easy,
I wanna look back and say,
I did all that I could,
Yeah at the end of the day,
Lord I pray,
I have a life that’s good.
Two arms around me, heaven to ground me,
and a family that always calls me home,
Four wheels to get there, enough love to share
and a sweet sweet sweet song
at the end of the day, 
Lord I pray,
I have a life that’s good
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