Wow! Today is my son's 1st birthday.
AMAZING how fast time flies, and my little homeboy is already 1 year old 🙂
My daughter will soon be 3 years old.
I am BEYOND grateful (and I got a lil gift for you down below so read this entire article 🙂 to have such an awesome family.
Having kids changes everything - funny how selfish I used to be before having kids.
Now, all that runs through my mind is making sure that whatever I do is good for THEM.
Making yourself happy suddenly means VERY little once you have kids, if you have kids, I'm sure you can relate.
I have great memories of when I was a little kid. I remember growing up in the aparments in Fords, NJ.
You've likely heard me talk about my Dad pulling my brother, his friend and I on a wooden sled through the snow at high speeds!
I remember my Dad teaching me to ride my bike, and I will come clean, it was a freaking purple bike with one of them big ass banana seats!
I was also too scared to pedal on the bridge which went over the small creeks running through the courtyard in the apartments. What a wuss!!! ha ha
My favorite TV show was The Incredible Hulk, the one where Loe Ferrigno was all jacked up and kicked EVERYONE'S ass - I loved that!
I remember my Dad cut his old jeans into a pair of shorts. He took the bottoms of the jeans and placed them on my arms so when I flexed I THOUGHT they were REAL muscles and I felt like The Incredible Hulk.
Ahhhhhhhh, to be young again.
I also remember Underoos, do you remember them?
My first pair was Aqua Man! I cried when my parents made me wear them.
They couldn't find The Hulk Underoos so I got stick with Aqua Man! I was pissed off!
I'm lucky I had underwear though, right? What the heck was I crying about?
Of course, I also watched The A Team, Dukes of Hazard, HE Man and I LOVED watching The World's Strongest Man which would be shown on basic TV channels, you didn't even need cable!
I guess I was obsessed with trying to be Big, Strong & Cool - some things never change, huh?
Time went too fast, I'm sure you feel the same.
It seems like yesterday my friends and I were racing Big Wheels down the street crashing into the finish line, which was always 3 or 4 garbage cans lined up together (that was GREAT FUN!).
Time goes so freaking fast I really have no clue where it goes.
We have NO control over time.
But we DO have control over how we use our time and what we can do in life.
I'm a simple guy - I want to be a Better man, a better father and a better husband.
I want to raise my son to be strong and healthy, confident and polite. I want to help him find his way, not by pushing him in any direction, but by supporting the path he chooses and by demonstrating that "it" can be done.
I look forward to the days of Ethan and I cranking workouts together.
Maybe our workouts will be with the vintage york barbell equipment I have in the garage - 600 lbs worth!
Maybe it will be in the woods somewhere, hiking trails, lifting stones and enjoying the sounds of nature and an escape from the hustle & bustle of so many days we all experience.
Maybe it will be at the beach, chilling on the sand, or learning to surf, or heck, body surfing when those big ass waves roll up and drop you on your ass so hard you get sand stuck in your bathing suit from every angle.
Maybe it will be on a cross country trip as we explore the USA.
Who knows what else will happen or might happen, but I know this: I'll do the best I can to show him that whatever it is he wants to do, it CAN be done.
With so much negativity in this world, I want to be the person and place that he can look to showing him that his reality is whatever he chooses to make of it.
I hope you guys can share some of your childhood memories with me, and, if you're a Parent, tell me what path you're blazing to make your kid(s) better.
Post them in the comments section below, I am psyched to see what you have to say 🙂
Thank YOU again for reading along with me 🙂
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