Notes to Myself

Lessons and memories for my son.

Today I am 61 years old

Written By: Notes - Jul• 01•11

Dear Máté ,

Today is my birthday and I turned 61. I just got off of Skype after talking with you and your mother in Hungary. You two went home to visit Papa and get to meet Ferko.

I went to the gym this morning and I signed you up for the YMCA summer basketball session. At least you will have some sport activity other than Tae Kwon Do that you can participate in this summer. You always said that you enjoyed playing basketball in kindergarten so I figured you can get a better taste of it to see if you really like it.

Next year you will not be going to Hungary for the summer so you will be able to have a long term relationship with your friends on a soccer or baseball team. I just want to make sure that you have the opportunity to experience as many different types of sports as possible so that you can decide what you enjoy and like the best and then concentrate on that one thing.

When I was growing up I didn’t have that opportunity. Because of the revolution in Hungary my family had to leave and I never stayed in one school for more than three years. Every fourth year we either moved or I was sent to a different private school therefore I didn’t have the opportunity to stay in one place to establish long term relationships and really get involved with team sports.

The way I resolved this issue was I got involved with running. I was a traveling salesman for about five years and during that time I traveled all over the United States. Each day after work I would check into a hotel, put on my running shoes and shorts and then go run in the countryside. During my travels I ran two marathons two half marathons, a few ten mile races and probably at least thirty 10 kilometer races.

This was my escape from the stress of my job. I didn’t have to depend on anyone to show up in order to run, I just changed into my running gear and went running. This helped me get focused and disciplined to make and reach my personal goals. When I would run I had the time to relax and think about things that I was dealing with at the time.

You also will be able to run but you can pretty much do whatever you want to do. I strive to support you and your mother in whatever you want and need and hopefully be able to help you achieve your goals.

On my 61st birthday I am grateful and thank God for giving me a son like you. You are my greatest present!

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