I’m dedicating today’s blog post to Father’s Day, in memory of my dad, Ed.
I want you to consider the ways in which your own father has inspired you or influenced you in your life. For me, fatherhood represents wisdom and strength; the wisdom of experience that can be passed down from father to son or daughter, and the strength to overcome adversity.
I’m certain that all of us have had to overcome difficulties in our lives. At some point we have all needed to dig deep and find that inner strength to help us survive tough times. Can you think of an example of a challenging experience like that? Do you remember what inspired you or gave you the fortitude to make it through?
I find my own life is full of challenges… It’s not easy to balance being a good father, supportive husband, considerate son, thriving business owner, diligent student, and still find time to train, sleep, and eat well. Regardless of how time-consuming and engaging my personal and business projects can become, my priority is still to spend quality time with my wife and daughter. Needless to say, being a busy dad can be as exhausting as it is rewarding; I’m sure the other dads reading this can back me up on that!
Last week I was watching the news and a particular story caught my attention. They were interviewing an elite Canadian athlete preparing for the upcoming winter Olympics, showing footage of his intense physical training program. The topic of discussion was that he also had to work a full time job on top of his athletic training, in order to pay his bills and afford proper coaching, training facilities, and nutrition. As a letter carrier for Canada Post this athlete was on his feet delivering mail for most of the day, followed by several hours of physical conditioning right after work!
I was curious about how many others are in this same position, so I did some research (thanks Google!) and discovered that there are many Canadian Olympic Athletes who are working full time or part time jobs in addition to over 20 hours of hard training each week. When you take this into consideration, it really makes you appreciate the years of sacrifice and dedicated training that goes into developing an athlete of Olympic caliber.