THE SILVER LINING To Your Life & Health
F reedom and the 4 th of J uly
Limitations Don’t Own You
Once the Fourth of July came around, we tried our best to have fun without injuring ourselves with firecrackers. I remember doing silly things that our parents didn’t exactly approve of. We had bottle-rocket wars by shooting them at each other. When we ran out of those, we lit up M-60s and threw those at each other. There were even times when firecrackers went off in my hands, but they were legal in Tennessee, so we flirted with danger every possible moment. When my wife and I had children, our family traditions for the Fourth changed a bit. Ever since the year 2000, I’ve been doing the Peachtree Road Race. It has turned into a family tradition. My wife, my son, and I run It’s amazing how your views on freedom change as you get older. When I was a kid, my sister and I would ship out to Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the summer because that’s where our parents are from. I remember being with my extended family and spending plenty of time with those closest to me. We had barbecues and hung out together in one big group. Sometimes we headed over to this place we called “The Lake,” where there was a huge pool. We spent time out in the sun, loving life.
it, my sister runs it, and our friends started to run it too. My daughters haven’t quite decided to take on the challenge just yet, but I can tell they’re interested. Afterward, we go to Willy’s Mexican Grill right there near the finish line to relax. It’s always a great time, but this year will be a bit different. For the last three years, I’ve only been able to walk the race due to health conditions. I’ve had to learn to live my life while recognizing my limitations, and it’s been a real struggle. You don’t know what it’s like to carry that burden until you experience physical restrictions for yourself. My condition may not be significant, but sometimes the smallest things can throw you off your game. My limitations aren’t all bad news, however. They’ve helped me relate to my clients because I know they
go through the same experiences. Just as feeling held down has been disheartening for me, it’s been even worse for them. Over these last three years, I’ve become much more empathetic, and in a roundabout way, it’s been a blessing. The better I can relate to my clients, the better I can serve them. Independence Day on its own means a lot to me, but it’s also near another very important date. My wedding anniversary is on July 6, so my wife and I spend part of the Fourth in anticipation of that day. We find someone to take the children and usually either go out of town or staycation locally to invest time with each other. It’s a perfect time of year because I get to be with my beautiful wife and the rest of my family. That’s what freedom means to me now, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. –Duane Hamilton 1 770-744-1855
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