Chances are you've seen the recent ad campaign from Progressive Insurance, where a group of men and women attend a support group for people who are turning into their parents as they grow older and take on more responsibilities.
My wife, two boys, and I successfully completed our first family vacation earlier this month. We didn't venture too far from home but the venue was perfect, as the north shore of Lake Superior may be my favorite place on earth.
I'm not sure why, but visiting the area always seems to provide me with a sense of clarity, freeing my mind to zero in on what I really want and allowing me to come home and take positive action. This has applied to all aspects of my life, including my personal health, career, and family.
Given that background, I really looked forward to introducing our boys to the north shore during our four night stay at Bluefin Bay on Lake Superior. As much as I enjoyed our busy days of hiking, walks on the beach, and sightseeing, I found myself feeling completely wiped out each evening as we would transition from supper time to the boys' bed time routine. I'd often spend that time on a chair watching the news or lying down on the love seat in our rented studio loft.
"Daddy. What are you doing?" Adam would ask. "I'm resting", was my reply.
Hearing those words, that I used to hear from my Dad's mouth, caused me to flash back to some of my early memories of family road trips from our home near Seattle to our grandparents' farms in North Dakota and Minnesota. I remember occasionally being let out to use the restroom and run around at a rest stop and later wondering why Mom and Dad would just crash during the evening and watch boring shows on TV at the hotel.
Now I know. Like the Progressive ads, I'm turning into my parents. Based on the job they did and example they set, that's not such a bad thing. I think I'll skip the support group.