Today we will learn from the story of Dan Buri an attorney by day living in the pacific northwest with his wife and two kids. He is the writer of “Pieces Like Pottery” a collection of short fiction stories about heartbreak and redemption and the creator of Nothing Any Good.com an indie author community helping other writers to become published authors.
His favorite quote is “nothing any good isn’t hard” and he takes it to heart on everything he does as we will be able to testify from today’s interview. From his own experience growing up and learning from his father how to be a dad to learning how to overcome mental illness through his own experience as a father we will be amazed by his story.
“My father grew up in a broken home, his mother had extreme obsessive compulsive disorder. His father was an alcoholic and actually passed away from the disease. My dad vowed that he would be a different father than he was taught how to be a father and I am one of six children and my parents are wonderful.”
His story will remind us that we can overcome our own past and be better for the ones we love and have close to us. And that even though being a father is a huge challenge in itself it is also a catalyst to change for the better.
“A lot of our society actually has mental illness and I think it would be good for more people, more dads, more families to be able to understand what that means and that it really is something that is quite ordinary and something that can be lived with and managed daily.”
We also had the opportunity to talk about mental illness and how being a father changed Dan’s life also on this matter.
“Even more than myself my dad would be a diversity dad. Someone who really stepped out of where he came from to be an amazing father.”
Get ready for great inspiration (as always!) coming from someone that had his own struggles the same as his dad before him had his own struggles but somehow through the great experience of having a family and having children found a catalyst for change and redemption not only for themselves but for the ones that came before them.
“My father was a wonderful father growing up. I remember as I started to get older he was never prepared to be a father. Never understood what it meant. It was the hardest job he ever had and the most fruitful job that he ever had.”
“I think it has been a benefit for me to really understand my mental illness and really come to terms with what they mean and learn about myself.”
“Diversity dads this will be the 150th that we said this in this show and if we say it 151 times and you get it then you have done your job. Be present (…) just show up and be your best, and if your best is 75% on that day then give them 75%.”
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“Let’s learn together. Let’s grow together. Let’s be dads together. Peace.”