Last night I was watching the 2018 Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame inductions. One of the bands that were inducted was a band that reminds me of my younger years: The Cars. They were this cool, unique, synth-ie, rock-n-roll band with cool music, tons of hooks, and the oddest looking front man. But they were so badass! During one of the speeches, they talked about how they have been playing together for over 40 years. You would think that with something like this, that these guys were "made" to perform. Like it was in their DNA. But something that was very interesting is that 3 of the five-member band all had a similar story: They had to be coerced into playing or singing when they were young. The lead singer was made to sing in front of his grandma's friends. The keyboardist was allowed to go see the Beatles with his dad ONLY if he signed up for another year of keyboard lessons, and the guitarist was "forced" to play when he was younger even though he didn't like the guitar. But from these "forced situations" came some amazing performers that have left an imprint on the music world and my youth! These types of things happen all the time. I remember the conversation between my Dad and I about if I wanted to try wrestling. That was 43, almost 44 years ago and I remember it like it was last week. But that conversation started me down the path of what I have become. There were times when I didn't want to do it anymore, there were some of the biggest highlights of my competitive life, there were times when I wanted to quit, there were times when I was hurt, there were times when I did it solely for me, there were times when I was able to help others to get better at it, there were times when I helped teams compete to elite levels in the state. And all of the stuff I got from my wrestling made me the man and the athlete I am today. I would have no idea what my life would be like without that conversation at the start or the times I wanted to quit and didn't. We never really know where our drive is going to come from. As parents, we throw things at our kids all the time. But you never know what will stick or make the lifelong lasting impression. To the parents, give them good things to choose from. To the kids, listen to your parents and don't quit the first time it's not fun. To The Cars, thank you for staying with it and becoming awesome!! :)
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