When I was 22 years old I had my life planned. You see, I was a competitive swimmer my whole life. I competed in college, and upon graduation I was determined to be a big league division 1 head coach. I had a precise path to get exactly where I wanted, and I knew every step to take along that path. Stepping stones were strategically set in place and I carefully navigated through them, breaking every critical barrier that would potentially limit me and my career down the road if I didn’t overcome them at the time. I got my first job working at the University of Michigan; swimming powerhouse and home to a long history of Olympians and NCAA champions. This was it. The first stone was set and I was on my way to the big leagues.
If somebody had told me then, “When you’re closing in on 30, you’ll be married going on 4 years, have a baby and another on the way, be living in your hometown, and will be BACK in school for engineering…”, there’s about zero chance I would have believed them. I was destined to travel; to use my job as a portal around the country and the world. I was going to live, eat and breathe college swimming until the day I died. Yet, here I am…almost 30, married nearly 4 years with a baby and another on the way, living in my hometown and yep…BACK in school for engineering. And I couldn’t be happier.
My days are a lot different than they used to be, and a lot harder. Between being a husband, a dad, a full time engineering student and working as an engineering student intern, there’s not much time to do much of anything else. In a sea of mom blogs, I am hoping that this blog can shed some light on many of the same topics but from a dad’s perspective. It can be stressful when everything is happening at once, but I always try to remember that I’m just having a dad day.