My hate towards my father landed me into the HVAC industry

You suppose I’m not still bitter towards my dad for what happened several years ago? You better realize that I am, and I always will be. This was when I was close to being finished with high school, and over the years my dad and I never enjoyed a fine relationship. He was strict, a disciplinarian, from an older generation that practiced taxing love, and eventually he tried to prove a point and threw away my collection of comic books that I had been working on since childhood… I did three things, in this order — 1) I beat him up 2) I moved out 3) I got my HVAC equipment certification and started making way more money than he was able to. The first two steps happened in no time, however it took another 18 months before I finally had my HVAC equipment certification. I will be honest, it was an undoubtedly gruelling 18 months, not because of studying for the HVAC equipment exams, however because I was homeless. I mainly lived in my car, and occasionally stayed with a good buddy, however what kept me focused on my HVAC certification was my outdated man. My anger honestly kept me motivated, it kept me working incredibly hard, and when I finally got my certification and started working for a local HVAC equipment company, it was totally all worth it! After I got that first paycheck for an HVAC job I drove to the comic book shop and purchased a serious stack of comics. Much to my astonishment, I found them boring. I had outgrown the motivation for my journey, however now that I was being paid for my HVAC equipment work, I no longer need that motivation.


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