In our fast-paced modern society, we get busier and busier every day. Our multitude of obligations can be overwhelming, but with the right attitude, all of them can be fulfilled. And I should know, because every day I juggle being a single dad, working full-time as an attorney, collecting rare stamps, trying to steal the animatronic John Tyler from Disney World’s Hall of Presidents, and attempting to cross the Atlantic on a pool noodle.

It sounds hectic—maybe even unmanageable—but it keeps things fun! How packed are my days? Let me tell you:

It’s not even 9:00 p.m., and I’ve already helped the girls with their homework, spent an hour on the phone with an old man who claims he has a first-edition gold-embossed 1969 Elvis Presley stamp (he doesn’t), pored over the Hall of Presidents’ building blueprints, and submerged myself in a homemade tank that replicates the conditions of the mid-Atlantic for an hour. Then I get a text from my boss saying he needs work done on the Palmer file.

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Sometimes it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day!


It sounds hectic—maybe even unmanageable—but it keeps things fun!

As a working single dad/stamp collector/wax John Tyler heist-planner/aspiring long-distance pool noodle sailor, I have to wear a lot of different hats. The key is not short-changing any one thing for the sake of the others, so I’m constantly thinking about what I have to do:

If I use a super long pool noodle, will my trip be counted by the Guinness Book Of World Records? Did I remember to notate the deposition for tomorrow? Could I wear a suit and pretend to be an animatronic Gerald Ford so I can be in the Hall of Presidents after hours? Is this stamp depicting the assassination of MLK a forgery? Is Jenny getting bullied at school?

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On top of everything else, I’m also somewhat of a ping-pong hound, and I often spend up to 30 hours a week on my hobby.

What I’ve learned is to answer these questions one at a time, so they won’t overwhelm me. All these responsibilities are equally important, and I’ll get to all of them, because I prioritize all of them. Compromises are okay too; yes, I’d like to move the family to Orlando so I can be closer to the Hall of Presidents, but I have to think about my two daughters and their schooling.

Life can get so hectic. Sometimes I have to remind myself that it’s okay to push my in-depth research into the security personnel manning the Magic Kingdom attraction Hall of Presidents until tomorrow. Will I lose my cool at the last minute and accidentally steal Rutherford B. Hayes instead? That’s a question for another day.

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So to my fellow single dads, I say: You can have it all! It may seem like a lot, but it’s my crazy life, and I wouldn’t change a thing.