How to Look like an Italian Dad
I remember thinking the father of the family was THE SUAVEST (Most Suave?) DAD I had ever seen. All his clothes fitted and matched, he was well groomed, he had a sweater draped casually over one shoulder like that was a normal thing to do. He walked like he owned the town, like The Black Hand/Don Fanucci in the flashback scenes of Godfather 2.
There are classic, basic items we can focus our wardrobe on — well-fitting clothes, good fabrics, stylish shoes. Add in a bit of grooming, walk taller (I don’t think any of us can pull off the sweater-over-shoulder though)… We aren’t done with looking good just yet y’know.
The Mindset we Need as we Get Older Life can just feel hard as we get older, right? More stress and lower Testosterone, we can be sandwiched between worrying about our kids AND our parents. We strive for an easier, more comfortable life, but in the process we forget about fun. Why does this Easy Life we say we crave have to be so dull? Are you honestly done with having fun?
My relationships with my sons have improved since I embraced letting them show me dumb videos online and we giggle together. I try to meet up with old friends a few times a year for some beers, to reminisce, to laugh until my jaw hurts, and to make new memories. We save our money and splash out each year on a family vacation that we know will create great memories, in exciting places. The second half of our existence should still include adventures. And doing dumb stuff. Laughing. Taking risks. Don’t forget the fun.
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