Leading up to the birth I worked hard in my “science job”, not taking all my annual leave since I started there ready for a time like this. I was fortunate enough to be able to take a month off the science “shift work job”.
When your a Dad or Mum, husband or wife, working man or woman AND an entrepreneur it can take a lot of momentum to slow down the inertia of the “go, go, go” that we have built up over time. I know. I have experienced it first hand. The thing that transformed my situation was to recognise the fact that I was having trouble “slowing down” and being in the moment, especially with the birth of our baby girl.
I found that since I have been so focused on achieving such big dreams in 2014, rotating shifts in the “science job” and building my business all the while always trying to be the best family man and husband I can be, I would have trouble just taking it all in and feeling the emotions tied with each moment. All glorious moments, times to be thankful for, the very fact that I am alive to experience all of this is a true gift.
I have long told people that slowing down to recognise the small details in life and be grateful is one of the best ways to “slow time down”. Having some time off, along with a friendly reminder from my wife has really helped me slow down and take it all in rather than thinking of “the next thing to get done”.
Most of all I have started really being grateful again. Honestly, for a while there, I was getting lazy with being grateful. I’m so grateful that I’m grateful again.