Missed Opportunities to Learn

I was working on my car, checking the oil, checking the air in the tires. There is not much beyond this that I know how to do when it comes to cars. I’m not too savy when it comes to fixing stuff either. I typically try the “leave-it-alone-and-see-if-the-problem-goes-away” strategy. You would be surprised how often this actually works.

My Dad, on the otherhand, could fix anything. He was amazing. He could build stuff, fix cars and do electrical stuff as well. Unfortunately I did not pick this up from him.

I was thinking, if I had an hour with him once a week, in addition to enjoying his company again, I would ask him to teach me how to fix stuff, how to work on my car, how to do electrical work. Looking back, I took for granted all the knowledge my dad had.

Think about someone you have lost. What did they know that you wish you had tapped into while they were still here? Share in the comments section.

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  1. Lynne

    From what I can remember, I’ve always been aware that people pass away and that, when they do, the world loses another perspective. Which is why I have always enjoyed hearing family stories (every family has a mythology of sorts, if you think about it). I don’t mind if the same stories get repeated because how else am I going to remember? I want to pass down the same stories and the values hidden within those stories to my children.

    September 15, 2014 Reply
    • adamsuter

      I love this, Lynne. Thank you for sharing. I especially agree with the world losing another perspective. Absolutely right.

      September 15, 2014 Reply
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