Brendan Hufford: I’m Growing My Hair Out

“I was a teacher for 10 years. The other day, I was buying some baseball equipment for my son, and my wife yells at me from across the sporting goods store. And I see this guy walking up to me, and it’s the student that I had years ago. He came up to me and we were just talking and stuff, and we still see each other, you know, every couple years just around town. And I told him, he asked me like some questions about, what are you doing right now, what’s going on. I’m like, I don’t know man, I’ve got half of a full sleeve tattoo, and I’m growing my hair out. And I’m still like, I’m 37. And I’m just now starting to understand that life, God willing, it’s a very long game, you have a lot of time to figure out who you are. And at 37 I’m only now starting to realize – you know, I looked in the mirror the other day, and I just had this moment with myself where I was like: You are a lot closer to becoming the person you want to be than you think you are.”

– Brendan Hufford

Brendan Hufford works every day to create the life he wants to live with his wife and 4 kids. He knows what he’s working towards, but the goal evolves a little bit each day. He has figured life out, yet he’s still figuring it out each day. He’s just now realizing that maybe that’s totally normal. Brendan is somebody who is constantly learning and improving who he wants to be as a human, and I really admire that.

At least, that’s how I would describe Brendan.

When I asked Brendan how he would answer the question “who are you”, we chatted about what he learned from being a school teacher for 10 years, why he feels he needs to intentionally move through life with a little more grace and empathy, and his thoughts on what a mid life crisis REALLY is.

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