WHAT IS #365DaysToLive? After really looking at my current existence, I decided to both live life and parent my son as if I knew I only had 365 days to live. The following is a blog post within that series.


Call me crazy, but if my son and I are going to get out and about and see the world for this #365DaysToLive challenge, it’s probably important that Noah actually sees the world while we do it.

His vision got bad enough to need glasses a year and a half ago, but I have yet to even see him wearing them since they’re kept at his mom’s house, and he really didn’t like the frames he originally chose.

Yesterday was my first full day back from vacation, which meant things were going to be chaotic, and I would have exactly 2,356% of my normal workload in order to get caught back up on everything. It was also my day to have Noah, so I would need to cram that 2,356% into even fewer hours.

Noah and I wouldn’t have time to do anything extraordinary or fun for the #365DaysToLive, but we did make it a point to do a couple things on our way home from school that would set us up for amazing challenge-fulfilling days to come.


First, we stopped at Costco and got Noah an eye exam. I had no idea his near-sightedness was so much that he could only see the top E on the eye chart clearly. Dad of the century, right here. I’ve been letting my son walk around half-blind for who knows how long. But that doesn’t matter! #365DaysToLive is about moving forward and being awesome. Not seeing in the past doesn’t matter. Seeing in the future matters.

After we got his prescription, we tried on what may have been every single pair of eyeglasses in the store. We agreed that with our #365DaysToLive, he’s gotta love whatever he has to put on his face every single day, so I let him choose any frames he wanted. He finally found some that he loved. And we ordered them.


Being that this is Noah’s current (expired) passport…

We realized that we need to get him a new one so that we have the freedom to up and actually see the world should we decide to. So, we made a quick stop at the photo counter and got passport photos of Noah taken.

The moment to moment #365DaysToLive challenge may be kiiiinda tricky if we have to wait 6-8 weeks for a passport to come when we actually do decide to go somewhere out of the country. Might as well be prepared!


I have the #1 best kid in the world.

No, really. I do.

Look! Here’s the proof:

One of the things on my #365DaysToLive was to have a trophy custom made for Noah. So, I did that. And it came in the mail while I was in Europe.

You would have thought it was Christmas morning when he first read the inscription after I started singing a march song and presented it to him all official-like.

He loved it so much, he immediately ran it into his bedroom and set it next to his other permanently displayed treasures… “This is never coming off the shelf,” he told me as he stood admiring it for some time.

I have had the off and on idea to do it for him for years. I don’t know why I never have. I just never got around to it, I guess. But the #365DaysToLive waits for no laziness, and the way he beamed made me really wish I had done it a long time ago.


Yesterday was an insanely busy day. I knew I didn’t have much dedicated time to give my kiddo during the half day we had together. But that was okay. An hour at Costco. Two minutes to give him an award that he’ll cherish and remember for the rest of his life. Another twenty minutes of wrestling (his request for yesterday’s #365DaysToLive). And fifteen minutes playing his favorite card game.

I am learning that living as if the world will end in 365 days is done as much in the little things as it is in the big things. Epic seconds and minutes today lead to more epic hours and days ahead.

No matter what I do, the world keeps spinning. Time keeps ticking. A living has to be made. Responsibilities have to be taken care of. There’s no avoiding any of that. And I don’t have to. I just have to always think about what I need to be doing next to live my #365DaysToLive challenge.

Dan Pearce | The Single Dad Laughing Blog

PS. If you want to order your own trophy for the awesome people in your life, I got mine on Amazon here. It was done and at my door within six days.