What is a fear that you have and how has it limited you? How do you plan on letting it go or overcoming it in the coming year?
One thing that I fear is becoming irrelevant to the next generation. I don’t have kids of my own, and I don’t really plan to, so I have to be content with being “Uncle Matt” to my sisters’ kids. Which, for the most part, I am. My nephews and my niece light up my world–even though I see them only maybe once a year. There’s a lot that I feel that I can teach them, lots of those odd little life lessons and so forth that they might not get from their parents. My uncle Homer was like that for me. Homer’s a kooky old codger–somewhere between Jimmy Buffet and the Dalai Lama–that I really only saw at family reunions, but he took a shine to us kids. I remember him telling old tall tales of his adventures when he was younger–bootlegging, private investigating, and a whole slew of jobs that a young boy really only encounters in adventure books and films! On top of that, he was the man who introduced me to some of the greatest (underrated at the time) minds in science: Tesla, Bucky Fuller, and Philo Farnsworth to name but a few!
I want to be The Most Interesting Man In The World to these kids. I want to be the lighthouse when they inevitably have issues that they don’t feel comfortable bringing to their parents. I want to be the man who does everything and anything and spins yarns about his adventures to these kids. I suppose that, at least for now, I just gotta do it!