While I might have cut in a certain pattern, he's doing his thing in the way that he wants to.And it's totally okay.He is getting the grass cut.It may not be dad's way, but he's getting it done.And therein is the honor of the opportunity.".Sheppard continues by saying that being able to give his son space where he can figure out how he wants to get things done is a great privilege.
"As a young man, I don't need him doing things exactly the way I did it he says."Right now, it seems like he's just cutting grass.But in my mind, because I know my son wants to be an engineer, I see his mind at work and I know that what he is producing now it's going to help him in the future.".
I walk to the beat of a different drummer, so Sheppard's words are very personal.When I was fifteen, I started playing guitar and writing music.I knew I wanted to be a musician and there was no way anyone was going to talk me out.Learning that your son wants to make music for a living isn't exactly what every parent wants to hear.But my parents always supported.The path I chose was not an easy one, but I knew.
I cannot imagine what it would have been like if my parents shamed me into working in an office or becoming a lawyer or doctor because that is what they wanted for.I would have constantly been looking out the metaphorical window wondering what could have been.That is no way to live life.