Cats in the Cradle and the Silver Spoon

I had heard this song plenty of times before I actually paid attention to the lyrics. When I actually listened to them, I cried like a baby.

It’s about a dad who doesn’t have time for his son because he always has to work or has something else going on. His son grows up, and the dad realizes he made a mistake not spending time with his son. When he finally tries to be there for his son, it’s too late, his son grew up and was just like his dad, too busy to make time for his family. The dad realizes his son had grown up to be just like him.

Can anyone else other than me relate to this song? I really do cherish my family, but too many times I find myself not  spending the time I should with them because I’m too busy or I prioritize poorly.

The thought of my dad growing old and us not being close scares me! I want to be my dads best friend as he grows old! I’m realizing that unless I do something intentionally, it’s not going to happen. So here is what I’m going to do:

I’m going to intentionally spend time with my family – This is hard for me at times, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I have to schedule this! It sounds sad, but if I don’t schedule it, the busyness of life will assure it won’t happen.

I’m going to prioritize my family over my friends & unimportant activities – This is going to be hard for me. I don’t like saying no to people, I enjoy experiencing everything I can.

I’m going to do things to help me not take my family for granted – Watching videos like this, movies about family, etc. remind me of the importance of family. They inspire me into action!

I’m going to get Accountability – Getting people to ask me whether or not I’ve spent time with my family recently must become a priority. I don’t always like when people call me out on not spending time with my family, but it does help me actually make it a priority.

What do you do to make sure you don’t let life pass you by without really getting to know your family?

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