Sometimes cool things just happen. Make sure and enjoy them when they do.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

I'm the luckiest man in the world.

I’m the luckiest man in the world.

I haven’t blogged for a while, but sometimes little things happen that are so cool I have to share them. This parenting stuff is by far the hardest challenge of my life.  In terms of difficulty and importance, winning the World Championships and writing a book are nothing in comparison to raising children. And I have the luck of having my wife Kristi, Supermom, as a partner and two terrific kids.  Chloe 18 and Landen 13 are both growing up to become kind, loving, thoughtful, fun and funny individuals.

I’ve found that the best way to share life’s lessons with them is sometimes through music. I was driving Landen to school today and we were rocking to a little early morning Lynyrd Skynyrd.  I love nearly all of their songs, but “Simple Man” is one that really hit me when I was a teenager. This little song made a difference in my life and in addition to jamming on the way to school I wanted Landen to hear it.

We woke up with “Sweet HomeAlabama” and “Gimme Three Steps”. “Simple Man” came on next and I told Landen that this is the song I really wanted to him here.  As it finished he told me he loved it.  Then it repeated, I thought he must have pressed the button to replay it.  Then it repeated again, he thought I must have pressed the button to replay it.  Then it repeated again and we realized neither one of us had touched anything.  It just kept replaying.  Landen sarcastically said “You really must have wanted me to hear this song.”

We played the rest of the CD and no other song repeated, only “Simple Man”.  Landen said, “Isn’t it kind of weird that of all the songs that’s the only one kept playing over and over?”  I told him “Sometimes cool things just happen.  I don’t know why, but I sure like it when they do.”  I hope he gets as much out the song as I did.  In case you’re interested the lyrics are below.

My personal thanks to Ronnie VanZant.

Mama told me when I was young
Come sit beside me, my only son

Listen closely to what I say.
And if you do this
It’ll help you some sunny day.

Take your time… Don’t live too fast,
Troubles will come and they will pass.
You’ll find a woman, you’ll find love,
And don’t forget son,
There is someone up above.

And be a simple, kind of man.
Be something, you love and understand.
Baby be a simple, kind of man.
Oh, won’t you do this for me son,
If you can.

Forget your lust, for the rich man’s gold
All that you need, is in your soul,
And you can do this, oh baby, if you try.
All that I want for you my son,
Is to be satisfied.

And be a simple, kind of man.
Oh be something, you love and understand.
Baby be a simple, kind of man.
Oh, won’t you do this for me son,
If you can.

Don’t you worry… you’ll find yourself.
Follow your heart, and nothing else.
And you can do this, oh baby, if you try.
All that I want for you my son,
Is to be satisfied.

And be a simple, kind of man.
Oh be something, you love and understand.
Baby be a simple, kind of man.
Oh, won’t you do this for me son,
If you can.

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22 thoughts on “Sometimes cool things just happen. Make sure and enjoy them when they do.”

  1. A lot of truth in those lyrics! And in your words about patenting. Miss seeing you at the dz, but look forward to you meeting Julia and Zoe someday soon!

  2. Love it. That song has been my wish for my son his entire life. He’s getting married in June; this is the song I’ll be dancing with him to. :D

  3. Thanks Dan and you are lucky just not as lucky as me.
    Wow the kids are big. It’s been a long time.

  4. Dan I had no idea you were a Skynrd fan, They are my favorite band of all time, alway s have been, I know the words to most of there songs, Try a band named Third Day, They got a lot of there inspiration from Lynyrd Skynrd . Both bands from the south. I am very thankfully that we jumped together for a few years, thanks Dan for all you do for the AWSOME sport of Skydiving. God Bless you and your family!

  5. I loved this post, Dan. So many of my own memories with my dad are directly connected with music and talks about lyrics on the way to school. When my dad didn’t have the words, he’d share the song that could say it. Landon will never forget that moment. Pure magic.

  6. Messages come through in a variety of ways. Sometimes they wait for us to recognize them as signs of communication and other times they REALLY want you to hear the message. Success isn’t how much money we make – it is how much we enjoy and love doing whatever make us happy. A perfect song to bring that message through. Thanks for sharing you very cool experience with us.

  7. Great song Dan ! I didn’t know this one yet so thanks for this inspiring post !:)
    Simple man played in concert here : http://youtu.be/sHQ_aTjXObs
    This song will inspire me now as you inspire us always by your words and experience.
    One other inspirational thing for me is the “If” of Rudyard Kipling. He wrote it for his son who was 12 years old. I guess you know it.
    “IF you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

    If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    ‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
    if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!”
    “If” / Rudyard Kipling

    Take care Dan and i see you in July at the Powerplay !:)

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