Some interesting times we live in right now to say the least. As a business owner, there is uncertainty regarding the shutdowns and the economy. How long will it last? Have we foraged enough away financially to carry us through? Can I keep my entire family safe and healthy throughout this public health crisis?
This year has been nothing less than a surprise. Kobe Bryant unexpectedly dying. Given all of his accolades and accomplishments, so numerous or even necessary to mention in this post, he transcended sports. Posthumously, the thing I respected most about him, was not what he did on the court, but it was the stories of how involved and dedicated a father and husband he was. That is what I take the most out of his passing. Too young to die, however he was not too young to make a difference in this world. The biggest lesson of all.
We did not even have time to sufficiently mourn his loss, due to the sudden and sweeping impact of the Coronavirus. Its appearance and disregard for human life has been a game changer. It has caused all of us to appreciate our lives, jobs, and our friends and family a little more. Its tough to hear from my son the other day when school got cancelled the rest of the year, that he will not be able to enjoy the remainder of his last days in elementary school before he starts middle school later this year. As a parent, and a friend, I try to keep it in perspective for him, that there is much to be grateful for and much to look forward to. Life as we know it, has at least changed for the foreseeable future. I embrace the extra time with my children, they are this young only once, and I get spend time with them almost every day of their young lives.
Speaking of my children, when I first launched The LoDown podcast, it happened just after the birth of my daughter. Such an amazing time in my life. At 43 years old and being self-employed I overestimated how much time I would have. I also underestimated how much of myself I would want to give to my daughter during her first year in this world. I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed seeing her grow every day. Now at 16 months old, I have more time to invest into my brand, and the message of hope, and honest dialogue about the current state of our republic, our society and our journeys of personal growth.
This section of the blog will be dedicated to our own personal growth, as single, future parents or as a married parent. Personal growth is something we all have in common and why not share our own journeys, so that others can learn and make the best of their own. I hope you find this blog and podcast just as much of an outlet and an escape as I do. We get one life in this world, it is time think harder, and explore Life As We Know It.