As I get older it becomes a more frequent task to take inventory
in my life. Am I where I want to be? Before the "Great Recession"
hit, most of my taking inventory was tied to materialistic things.
My possessions and status in some imaginary race had become my
focus. In the past three years most of us have seen family,
friends, and neighbors lose their homes and fortunes. In my
neighborhood I see homes that only a few years ago sold for seven
figures now stickered with bank notices and "no trespassing" signs.
I see empty storefronts where friends businesses once thrived.
These stores will one day fill up again, but I hope the lessons of
the times never leave me.
Now, I see life more as a measure of personal growth. How am I a better partner, father and person? Hopefully, on most days I can answer that question with confidence. Some days are better than others (like while I am writing this my son is BOUNCING off the walls). I am thankful for the time I get to spend with my son and partner. I understand that nothing, including time, is guaranteed. I am enjoying my son being 6 and me being 30 "something." I am learning to live my life the "right way" and set an example for him - but also for myself. Being the man I want him to be. It sounds simple enough, right?
I am thankful that I have today with them and hopeful for tomorrow. You can't ask for anything more than that. Happy Thanksgiving from mine to yours!
Ryan lives in Uptown with his wife, Pascale, and 5-year-old son, Leo, and works in Chicago as an actor and on-air host.
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