Some Good Advice

I’m not particularly deep or insightful. I’m definitely not eloquent or articulate. And as I think of all of this I have to wonder what words of wisdom I will have for my son. Will I be able to instill in him advice that he will keep with him throughout his entire life.

I don’t know the answer to that but I did want to take a minute and think about the great advice I have received so far in my life. Some stick out as favorites and others just wont go away but I thought I would share them with you.

I was once told by a co-worker the following: “Fall in love with two things in your life, a rich woman and a cheep beer.” Now unfortunately I was already married at this point in my life and could only follow this one half way. I will say that although my wife is not rich she did came with a camp and who can deny the power of a 16oz PBR in the woods.

As a freshmen in college an alumni from my fraternity was visiting and he used the opportunity to try to instill some wisdom on the next generation. He said: “Always remember the five D’s. deny deny deny deny and deny.” I’m not sure how good this advice is but it probably got me out of a jam or two occasions.

Police: Who’s beer is this? Is this your beer?
Me: I don’t know. No.
Police: Who’s house is this? Is this your house?
Me: I don’t know. No.
Police: Why aren’t you wearing any pants?
Me: I don’t know what you are talking about?

You get the point.

Before going to college my grandfather who has since passed wrote me a letter. In the letter he said a lot of things. The part that stuck out the most was he told me that it was OK to fail at things in life. The important part was to try and to keep trying. (Sorry this one isn’t funny, it’s just solid advice)

Maybe in time I will be wiser then I am now and maybe I will be able to pass on some good advice to my son. If not at least I can try to set a good example with my actions and with any luck he will turn out just fine.


Pat Lemieux

About Pat Lemieux

Pat has it all, family, big old house, dogs, a young son and a quarter-life crisis. He blogs about trying to be who he has always been and be who he now needs to be. He enjoys 90's grunge metal, tasty local brews and the outdoors.