My Pop: “Don’t Quit”

There is not anyone in this world that I trust and respect more than my “Pop.”

For some time now I’ve been struggling with some things. This morning, I received a message from my dad with the following picture:

While I truly appreciate all of these quotes, the one I appreciate the most is the last one.

“You are going to want to give up. Don’t.”

That is exactly something my dad would tell me – and has told me through the years – whenever I have encountered difficult times, especially when I believed I was on a “righteous path.”

This is how my Pop looks at life. He doesn’t use platitudes, encompassing allegories, or poetic metaphors (he’d probably tell you that he has no idea was I’m even referring to here).

His perspective is simple. Not simplistic. Just simple:

I know what you’re going through.

I know you want to give up.


It will get better.

As one who is prone to platitudes, allegories, and metaphors to make my point, my dad’s simple approach to life and its problems has grounded me, helped shaped me, and have allowed me to become the person that I am.

I’m not going to quit, Pop.

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