Monday, February 21, 2011

Before the starting gun

Well, I think being a good Dad is going to be being a good father, but also being a good example. So I thought a Blog would be a great way to do this.

I’ve finally admitted to myself that I’m at least hopeful that I will be excited to be a Dad. I’m also hopeful that I can learn a few things about balancing fatherhood with the other cool things I want from life, without having to lose out on either. As with everything else I’ve wanted to try, I’m up for a challenge.

My idea for this blog is to chronicle the adventure of adding fatherhood to my list of passions. I love my life today. ”23 Year-Old Jared” wanted to become what is now “33 Year-Old Jared”: I have a beautiful and kind wife, wonderful family, great friends, a career I am proud of, success in sports and music, life & travel experiences I would not trade, and a very comfortable lifestyle.

Still, there is something about fatherhood that needles at my curious over-achiever nature. Or is it terror? Whichever it is, it certainly stems from naivete.

Today is 45 days, give or take, from the day that Ironbaby will lay eyes on the world. T-minus 45. So I’ve got 45 more days to figure out how I’m ever going to survive. It’s not unlike racing Triathlon: the same way that the reality of the race crushes all my intent for the day, I will be sobered by the reality that all plans and preparation now mean nothing.

I’m not sure how often I’ll post, but I hope to do so meaningfully. If for nothing else, it might be fun for me to read my own tragic or victorious tale.

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