World's Greatest Dad(?)

Surprise! I’m Happy

Something weird has been happening to me lately: I wake up and I feel successful.

I have not changed my diet. I am not getting enough sleep. And I am still not famous. But still, I feel successful.

As you know, for me, this not a normal feeling. And you could see why I would be uncomfortable with my life going well.

Well, I am not. I am actually enjoying it.

Putting up “World’s Greatest Dad” has really helped with that. For someone who has always wanted to do stand-up since I was a kid, this is the closest I have come to fulfilling my dream.

I also feel grateful that I get to teach to some really incredible people, who appreciate my style of teaching.

And I get to write a blog that people read.

I get to interview the best teachers and improvisers and artists for my podcast, but I’ve stopped putting pressure on myself to do it every week, and now I only do it when I feel like it.

I get to improviser at least once a month.

I have a great family with Lauren, Betsy and Coco the cat.

I have lots of friends.

For today, I love my life.

I know that this too shall pass, and sometime soon, I’ll go back to feeling miserable and like what I have isn’t enough, but for today, I just wanted to get it documented that I am actually happy so when Betsy gets older and she gets to know me better and she says something like, “Dad, are you ever happy?” I’ll have proof that for a couple of days in my life, at least, I was happy.

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2 replies
  1. Sarah Savage
    Sarah Savage says:

    I think “World’s Greatest Dad(?)” was a great achievement, but it’s not your only one. It’s difficult for any of us to see our own upsides and accomplishments, because we’re socialized to be humble-ish. It’s that Puritan ethic thing that shouldn’t affect me because I’m only two generations away from European-born, Jewish immigrants and should affect you because you’re not Jewish or Puritan. Irish, right?

    I’m glad you’ve been in my world for over 15 years and what you have imparted in me has helped me professionally and personally. Even when I’m writing business emails, I still hear you saying “Play to the top of your intelligence.” which to me has always meant, ‘Don’t overexplain. People will get it.’

    You have a talent, a great family, and you deserve it. I wish you many more of these ‘love my life’ days.


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