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The Days are Long

September 20, 2023

But the years are short (part two!). My son turns two years old today. Still seems like yesterday we were packing an overnight bag enroute to the hospital. In 64 days (or thereabouts) we will re-pack that same overnight bag as we welcome a new, baby girl to our family. I'm going to have to learn how to be a girl dad--but that's a story for a different day. 

Reflecting on a busy last year, I’m updating the list of things I’ve learned in my last 365 days of Dad Life:

  • Each six-month period of parenthood has been more fun and exciting than the previous six months. I hope this trend continues
  • There are literally zero time periods in history where things were better than they are today
  • Kids don’t care what you do for work or how much money you make
  • There are rarely shortcuts in life. This holds especially true for investing and health
  • Your level of excitement over a new Costco opening nearby is a direct function of your age + number of kids
  • The pitch clock fixed Major League Baseball
  • Buy more house than you think you can afford when mortgage rates are sub 3%
  • Hindsight is always 20/20
  • The Chicago Bears still (and probably always will) stink
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Time is still our most scarce resource—do you want to spend yours watching the news and worrying about what could go wrong? Or making the most of it and creating memories with the people you love?
  • Deion Sanders is almost as entertaining as a coach as he was as a player
  • One thing from the Midwest that we sorely miss in Colorado—lake houses
  • Having family nearby is still crucial. Especially babysitting age nieces
  • There is no such thing as a “perfect portfolio.” There are, however, many perfectly fine portfolios
  • Floss
  • Things generally have a way of working out
  • Having a partner willing and able to share in the good times and bad times is still paramount—I would be lost without mine

Finally, your annual reminder: Call your family. Turn off the news. Take the risk. Go to the show. Share your feelings. Get outside. Take the trip. Order dessert. Enjoy the ride. Whatever you do, spend the time, I promise you won’t regret it.

Will