Goofy Baseball picture at Nationals Park

When you walk around these days – one thing you will notice is that a lot of people are not happy. In fact, they are miserable. Life is tough, and the world will cut you no slack, so it is easy to become miserable. My father taught me many years ago that it is important to have a good time on a regular basis. Not stupid fun, but do something that you enjoy and that relaxes you.

Several years ago I was pretty miserable to be around. I was working way too much, under a lot of pressure to succeed at work and and in life. I did not take care of myself, and did not stop to have a good time. Sure – we took vacations, but even those did not help much. I usually did not relax a majority of the time since I was worried about falling behind at work, and I would immediately jump back on the treadmill of life after getting back home.

My dad noticed and talked to me about it. He reminded me that it was important to stop and smell the roses every now and then.

“Enjoy life more. You do not have to practice being miserable. It comes naturally, and the world is already full of miserable people. Instead – have a good time, and spend time with the ones you love.”

As a result of that conversation – I made some changes to have more fun. One thing that I enjoy a lot is going to the ballpark, and watching my favorite baseball team, the Washington Nationals. I don’t know what it is about being at a ballpark, but I enjoy the experience. It is relaxing for me. I like the atmosphere during the game, and nothing tastes better than a hot dog at the ballpark.

I am glad that both of you have gone to the ballpark with me for many games. We have a good time, and some times, when no one is paying attention, we even get a little goofy. I hope that you remember those experiences, and do the same for you kids. It has been awhile since we visited Nats Park – so let’s plan on going again soon.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

– Ferris Bueller

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