Ever feel like nobody is on your side? I certainly have, especially with recent challenges in my life. True success and accomplishment will come from staying focused and not letting time or negativity get in the way. The end result will bring light. The movie Field of Dreams comes to mind. With that, I'll tweak the movie's famous quote from "If you build it, he will come" to "If you go for it, it will come." "It" pertaining to that end goal. Don't let anyone get the best of you. Stay focused and motivated on those "important things" to you.
After losing Corey Simon last week, I was upset to learn Anthony McFarland is out for the season. An equal replacement will be tough to find. In the end I believe there is no need to fret. Last night was just practice for the Indianapolis Colts and a solid team takes more than one person. They'll get things squared away and build. I believe they can still pull off a fantastic season. Maybe the HD referee play reviews will make all the difference.
Fatherhood has pretty much been my active lifestyle the past six months. Now that I'm getting the hang of things, my workout schedule is getting back on track. I'm in the process of losing the extra 10 pounds I've put on. We need to get a parenting section up on Active, eh? Below is a list of lessons and tips I've learned (there are certainily more, but these stand out).
What I've learned:
My child is priority #1 over all else
The world does not revolve around me
I do not have to rearrange my entire life... organizing makes all the difference
I don't need 8 hours of sleep to function normally
Moms are hot
Diaper changing is easy... just be sure to use the right size diapers (don't learn the hard way)
Being spat or soiled on is not a problem... let it go and bring an extra shirt if you're going out
Not every cry or noise is a sign of distress
Taking time for myself is OK... just make sure mom gets time too
Hiring a baby sitter is not the end of the world
There is no such thing as having too many baby clothes, blankets or burp cloths
There is no such thing as too many pictures or video
Baby toys are entertaining for both babies and adults (gotta love technology)
Shopping for baby clothes is more fun than going to Fry's (almost, but not quite)
Strapping in baby and lifting the car seat is second nature
Baby inherently trusts mom and dad above all else (lead by example)
Pretty much anything can be accomplished with one arm
There is such a thing as a "schedule" for baby. It's up to mom and dad to make it happen. Much patience required, but it will set in. I'm a believer!
I will never love anything more than my child (and any future children)
See the image below to see how I look after a long day online. Instead of forcing readers to view an ugly picture of myself, I got my always beautiful 5 month old girl to do her best impression of daddy.
"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."
~ John Quincy Adams, diplomat, politician, writer and 6th president of the U.S. (1767-1848)
I'm a new father and definitely in no hurry to see my daughter grow up. I just hope I can teach her the two hardest values I've learned in life (didn't quite set in when I was a kid), which are patience and perseverance. My grandmother used to make me sing that old song "Have patience... don't be in such a hurry." Know it?