At 20:10 on the 18th of April 2016 our baby girl was born. Moments later I held her in my arms for the first time and our bond was born.
Obviously, LT’s birth changed my life dramatically but it also changed it in ways that I didn’t even realise at first.
A long time ago a good friend of mine told me that when his son was born all of the little things that he used to worry about were forgotten and it immediately changed his perspective on life.
I think that I was waiting for that to happen when LT was born but consciously I did not realise it, it was more subtle. It felt like a light had been switched on inside me and I slowly found this amazing inner confidence. Over my paternity leave when I was at home for 2 weeks caring for LT and Lorna I got an immense sense of pride and it gave me a huge feeling of self-confidence too. It suddenly felt like I could do anything.
After the first few months had passed and I was settled back at work I stumbled across a blog post written by a guy called Dan who lives locally to us. The post was all about how he had given up his 9 to 5 job to do more with his time and spend more time with his son.
At that point in time, I had already missed around 600 hours of LT’s life while I was stuck in an office and his words really struck a chord with me. I sat there after reading his blog post feeling inspired; it was like when LT was born a light switched on inside me and reading Dan’s post turned the beam up so it was shining brighter than ever.
Not long after this, I discovered that Dan was organising a ‘Baby Rave’ event called Tot Rockin’ Beats for Halloween. I loved the sound of it so immediately started looking up Halloween outfits on-line and we made plans to go as a family.
Not long before the event Lorna and I decided to start writing this blog and published our first post. We had read quite a few blogs and I had so many ideas in my head that I thought ‘why not?’ and we gave it a go.
The date came around for Tot Rockin’ Beats and the event was amazing; not only did I get to D.J for the first time in years we got to go out as a family together, have a drink and a dance without the worry and hassle of getting a babysitter. I loved it so much I wrote a post about it.
The thing that got me was the feeling of being a part of something new and exciting and the realisation that there were hundreds of parents in a similar age group in our local area that were on the same page; it was like the unrivalled feeling of being part of an underground music scene but the scene was child friendly; I couldn’t get enough!
After the event it was like the ideas just kept coming. This month I came up with the concept for a new music event which I am putting on with a friend in February called Get it Together. This is the first time that I have been involved with promoting and holding an event for over 10 years and it feels great.
Since starting the blog I now have a channel for my creativity and creating ideas seems to breed yet more ideas.
Most importantly though I have a belief; I believe in myself and I have an unreal amount of energy to put into my ideas and turn them into a reality.
Maybe deep down I really want to lay some foundations and do some stuff that LT will look up to me for doing when she gets older. Who knows where any of these ideas will take me but if I don’t put them in motion then I will never know.
Something I do know however is that I have never been so inspired or so enthused to do anything before; LT is a little bundle of energy, she never stops moving or chatting and it is almost like being around her energises me!
So here is to being inspired, making plans and making ideas happen as there just isn’t the time to hesitate or have doubts; like the courageous Guy Martin’s Grandfather Voldemars once said ‘when you dead, you dead’.
Did the birth of your children inspire you or give you a different outlook on life? Please drop your comments below we would love to hear from you.
Until next time….
Be excellent to each other.
The Taylors xx
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