Being a dad
So on wednesday at 04:54 I officially became a dad to my beautiful daughter Lyra. I realise that this might not seem terribly relevant to personal training but I like to sometimes put other stuff on here that is important to me.
When I was young I was pretty irresponsible, I liked to do whatever I wanted and not much got in my way. Fun was always my main objective, school work, chores, jobs were the very last thing on my mind. At school I didnt feel like working hard was important, I was about a hundred foot tall, had orange hair, spots and a wandering brain. I compensated for this by being the class jester and being generally naughty, something that I was pretty good at. I failed all my exams and continued to invest as much of my time on amusing myself for quite some time after leaving school.
Throughout this process my dad supported me, did not lose his patience with me and continued to believe in me. I will say that at the time we could not have been more different people. I was all about myself and for want of a better word, a bit of an idiot. My dad however continued to not give up on me and supported any movement I made in a more responsible direction. A responsible direction did come, it took a while but eventually it did come. One day after a string of job changes, house moves I started to go to the gym, this was something I had never done before. For the first time I started to feel like I was naturally good at something and enjoyed learning about how to be better at it. After a while I began to realise that maybe this was something that I could turn into a career. Once again I turned to my dad who without question helped me back to college and supported me throughout this process. So here I am many many years later, I have my own gym, my job does not feel like a job because I enjoy doing it and I have my own family that I can support with the money I get from essentially having fun. I often think about how my life got to this point and wether it would have been different if I had tried harder at school or if I had stayed in a few of those crappy jobs a bit longer etc, but the thing what brought me here is not coincidence or my lack of effort for things that I didnt like doing. The thing that brought me here is my dads constant support of what I wanted to do and what made me happy, it took a lot of attempts but eventually I found something that I liked, I was good at and I made a career out of it.
For some time now my family have commented on how much I am turning into my dad, if you had of told me this when I was younger I would have told you were to go, now though I take it as the highest compliment. My dad has always been there for me and without him I would not be were I am today. Now that I am a dad and I have little Lyra to guide, I can only hope to be at least one percent as good as my dad was to me, because if I am even that, Lyra will be just fine.
So dad when you read this please know that I love you and cant thank you enough for getting me to where I am today.