About two month’s ago my wife and I found out we are having our first child. This came as a huge surprise, as we wanted to wait for my new business, Bearded Brothers, to be off the ground and paying a substantial salary, but life doesn’t always happen exactly the way you want it.
Being natural and holistic in nearly every aspect of our life we decided to go with natural family planning to hold off on pregnancy, but the down side of this method it does leave room for error. Needless to say, the pregnancy was a HUGE surprise. Neither one of us can quite figure out when it would have happened, but regardless we are expecting our first bundle of joy in late September, which will be just in time for the little one to witness their daddy run his first Ultra Marathon.
I had actually decided to run the race before we knew we are pregnant, but as of yet it hasn’t changed my plans to enter the race. If anything it will be my last hoorah before my life is turned upside down.
I have to be honest; I’m scared of how a kid will change our life. There is part of me that can’t wait for our child to get older so we can go on a run together, go camping, or rock climbing. The other part of me is impatient and only sees how the first few years will be a drain.
I know things certainly will not be the same, but I have to remember life is what you make it. Just this past Saturday when I was out on my long run I saw a young couple with two kids hiking on the Greenbelt, one of them being carried in a baby backpack. I also can recall parents hiking with their children at Enchanted Rock, an awesome climbing destination.
Having kids will be a chance for me to pass along the things I enjoy and bring me closer to God and allow me to enjoy life more fully. It will be a chance for me to step out of my selfish little world and invest in another life. It scares the crap out of me, but at the same time it brings a smile to my face and makes me excited!
I remember growing up as a child my dad would bring my fishing with him, his favorite hobby. Now, fishing never took with me, but it was a chance for my dad to spend time with me and share something he loved to do. He would even sacrifice his fishing time so I could water ski, which I liked far more than fishing, looking back I see he wanted to bring me joy.
Even if my child doesn’t end up adopting all the things I enjoy. I will at least be able to spend time with them until they figure out their true passion. Sure, I would love to have a boy that grows up to be a stud rock climber, Eagle Scout and ultra runner – allowing us to spend endless time together, but I will also have to sacrifice for their sake if they end up liking something else more.
Parenting will definitely be a refining process, helping to make me a better individual all around just as marriage has been doing for the past year and a half. I don’t think people realize how selfish they are until they get married, and even more so when they have kids.
I am thankful though, for the gift of life that will become part of the Simpson clan in late September. I look forward to seeing how God blesses our family and how I can grow as an individual. It will certainly be challenging running a business, investing in family, and pursuing personal passions.
One a closing note, one of my New Years resolutions was to start blogging more. I actually started off fairly strong on another blog, but then got super busy with the business, then couldn’t decided or focus on exactly what I wanted to do. But finally, last night I decided to keep blogging as The Organic Climber since I already have a lot of content generated. Plus this site allows me to blog about nearly everything I’m passionate about under one blog! I’m looking forward to bringing you more quality content.