12 Years ago today I went travelling “around the world” as they say, seeing some amazing places and meeting some great people along the way. This morning I was chatting online with the two friends I went on my adventure with. One lives in Australia, one Dublin and me in Belfast.
As the chat progressed I mentioned how times changed and one of the guys said that looking at my pictures of my little one (8 months) and the other guys little one (4/5 months) made him think he needed to grow up. This got me thinking, what exactly is grown up?
We all have houses, careers and relationships so is it just having children that makes us as humans be “grown up”? Is there a checklist somewhere I can tick off to see if I have reached the grown up stage yet?
It then got me to further thinking,since my daughter was born have i grown up or even matured? The answer no probably not, in fact I think it has gone the other way. Not that I am saying that I am some sort of Benjamin Button character but I do feel younger and more alive now that I have this added responsibility.
I enjoyed Christmas more than ever this past year because of my daughter, I am more active, out walking her almost every day and I enjoy the “time shift” in my days where it starts and finishes earlier which to me is more fulfilling especially in winter with the short days. The key barometer for me though is the way I behave with my daughter, acting in a manner which can only be fitting for a clown, singing and dancing, playing games and finding that the multitude of noisy toys can actually be fun.
So do I consider myself to be “grown up” since I have become a father? No, or at least no more than I did before we had her……I`m off now to play the barricade game of daddy vs daughter, keeping her free from harm…..she usually wins.
Going by some of these moments its certainly a challenge to grow up with a mischievous baby around.
Comical baby moments