Looking back, you have surely made some changes and done some things that have worked out to your advantage. You will learn to love and laugh at most of the wonderment yourself.
When you were 5 years old, the most important things in your life were;
- Gilligan’s Island
- Renegade Banana Boat Bicycle
- G.I. Joe Action Figures
You would run home every day from the bus in a raging sweat to cut on Gilligan’s Island on WTVD Channel 40 at 4pm to catch back to back episodes. There was always something intriguing about being on a deserted island and just surviving and that interest will follow you over the next thirty years.
That Renegade bicycle you will still own as an adult although it will surely show its age and durability. You will probably have some bright idea to hang it in a man cave at some point in your life like they do in those sports bars.
You will always enjoy the serenity of nature and will embrace it by building your own toys, swords, and forts well into your teenage years. Your classic G.I. Joe action figures and vehicles will go away and come back again as will the clash between the G.I. Joe Team and Cobra Command in real life as others seek to take over the free world through terrorism.
Wrestling will forever be a part of your life and your youngest son will know every wrestler’s name, finishing moves, and gimmick. Spoiler – You both will enjoy it so much that you will get the opportunity to see the Undertakers streak ended live at Wrestlemania 30 in New Orleans, LA.
As you closed in the gap on double digits, you truly appreciated and embraced life living freely and fearlessly through some of the following;
When you were 10 years old, the most important things in your life were;
- Polaris Trailboss 250 ATV
- Yamaha YSR50 Street Legal Mini-Crotch Rocket
- Roller Skating
- Rocky & Rambo Movie Franchises
That Polaris Trailboss (Old Blue) will take the place of the Renegade bicycle (Old Red) and you will learn every necessary skill needed to navigate fluctuating terrain on everything that was paved and unpaved. You will ride on the brink of danger with death closely in your perils through every push of the throttle.
After much begging, your dad will finally buy a mini-street legal crotch rocket that is really licensed and insured and you will drive it just like you have a driver’s license forgetting about the need for a helmet. Spoiler – You will get stopped by a real cop while riding wheelies across train tracks that will really want to see your license, registration, and insurance. He’s just doing his job and your charm he will care nothing about.
You have an enjoyment for bowling and will continue to bowl throughout your teenage years on multiple leagues and winning multiple championships only to have the passion die when you can legally drive yourself.
Your dad will relive his glory days cruising the rink by teaching you how to skate both forward and backwards. You will learn to weave in and out of traffic and learn you can build a lot of speed with those ham hocks you were given genetically. This passion will also mostly die when you get that driver’s license, but you will be able to teach your children as your dad taught you.
Your love for the Rocky & Rambo franchises will never die for as long you are upright. You will apply a lot of the elements from the movies to your own life and they will truly become a part of you.
The next two years of your life will be most important leading up to your teenage years. Continue to make good choices, maintain good grades, and keep your chores done on the checklist to really learn the value of a dollar. Your next few years will be some of the best of your life.