I am 65 years old and retired. I married at 29, chose wisely, and have had a happy 35-year marriage. I was always a Dad first. My kids are now grown and are successfully finding their own way in life. I was financially successful and was able to retire at age 62. One of the reasons I was successful was because I always came home to a loving, supportive wife. She was the mother of our kids and my girlfriend, and she still is my girlfriend.
Young men underestimate how important a loving wife is to their lives and careers. I now coach high school sports without needing any compensation. The players I coach seem to think I "have it all" at this point in my life. I try to teach all of my players that the choices they make now will affect the rest of their lives. Life is about the choices you make, and just because your parents might have made mistakes, it doesn't mean you need to repeat them. Even when they're going to the school prom, I talk about always being respectful, total gentlemen. They should always carry themselves with class and dignity. Work hard. Do the right thing...EVERY day.
I listen to you every day, and you have guided me and my teaching and coaching in more ways than you know. Keep up the great work. Protect the kids. I'm trying to fight the battle with you!
My very best, and with great admiration for you,
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