The Worst Advice My Father Gave Me

Various figures drawn in pencil, scanned from a sketchbook.
Random sketches from my sketchbook that are about as unfinished as everything I’ve ever done.

“Make sure you have a backup plan.”

In some contexts, that’s reasonable advice. But it’s taken me about three decades to understand that it’s a concept that took my life in all sorts of wrong directions.

It was something my father said, but not like in a movie scene where he sat me down and said it to me like it was sage wisdom being passed down from on high. It was more of a…