When I began my adult life I looked forward and though life is a marathon, with a few sprints mixed in.
When I completed my Masters Degree last May I was ready for life to calm down for a bit. We had just had our third son, school was over and work was finally allowing me to hire someone on to help out. Easy street here we come!
Then our family got the crazy idea of launching my wife's travel company, Create Memories. That presented a number of challenges as now both parents were working, not normal 9-5 gigs, but a number of personal and professional rewards as well. The joy of hiring someone on at work suddenly came into the reality of having to train that person. At the same time the bosses, and the timing of politics, brought a key issue to head that I'd been working on for a year.
The next thing you know summer is gone, school has begun and life is in fifth gear. Soccer practice. A wedding. The growing pains of a tween. A new family business. Congress debating my area of focus. Everything was on the front burner! AHHHHH!
A personal disappointment brought much of this to a head this weekend. I sat there, feeling let down, and sorry for myself. This was not how I envisioned my life would be a year ago.
Then I realized-- despite all of the stresses in life the marathon really is a constant spring. Being a father, husband and successful professional means life will move fast and it takes work. That work however has a greater pay off than any amount of relaxation or money could ever provide.
The best you can do in life is enjoy the ride and hope everyone keeps their arms, hands and feet inside most of the time... And thank God for providing me with an amazing partner like my wife.