“I remember that day…Everything changed…I remember that day…That image never fades away…I remember that day…Something died inside of me…I remember that day…that everything changed.” – Nonpoint
Sometimes, song lyrics hit very close to home. Because of the power of music, each of us can listen to the same song and feel something different based on our life experiences and interpretations. I’ve been hearing “That Day” by Nonpoint on Octane lately. Perhaps if I heard it at another time during the year, I would feel something different if I focused on the meaning of the entire song, rather than just the chorus.
Hard Rock Daddy was originally intended to be a mixture of fatherhood and hard rock music. While the focus has primarily been on the music side of things, sharing fatherhood stories is still something that is very important to me.
Much of what I have become as a dad is due in large part to the influence that my dad had on me. Through the years, he taught me many valuable lessons about fatherhood, although most were unintentional. He just had a way about him, and a life perspective that is unlike most other people that I’ve ever met.
This time of year is always difficult, because of the reminder of what my family and I lost on “that day.”
A tragic accident took my dad from us way before his time. No matter how much time passes, I will always remember the day of the accident and the days that followed before he finally lost his battle. As time has passed, I’ve been able to focus more on the happy memories and less on the tragic ending. However, the image never fades away, and this time of year, it all comes rushing back. Something died inside of me “that day,” and everything changed.
Though he may not be with us in body, he is always present in spirit, and his influence still looms large in my day-to-day life. So much has happened since “that day.” The happiest occasions are always bittersweet because my dad isn’t here to celebrate them with us, but the memories will never fade away.
On this day, I pay tribute to my dad by remembering “that day” with the Hard Rock Daddy audience.