Well folks, it happened! My wife gave birth to our first child. I am so excited to start the next chapter of my life..and parenthood.
Not too many weeks ago I was researching which crampons to buy and what mountaineering boots would work best, now we are going to “Baby Days” classes. Haha how quickly your priorities shift. When Worlds Collide.
This is a new and interesting perspective for me. I am intrigued to see how I will respond to the dual worlds of outdoor adventure and family life (though the two can blend very well together).
I have heard a mix of responses from people on the successes of being able to do both. Some have said, “your likely to stop going on the kind of trips that you do” and others more of a “you can still do everything you want” attitude. I assume my future lies somewhere in between. Is there compromise. Absolutely. Is a compromise something your happy to make. Not a doubt in my mind. My family will always take front seat over adventure opportunities. But that is what they are.. Opportunities. Perhaps skipping one, leads to another. Perhaps not. That’s life. I also have the support of a wife who knows that getting out in the world and pushing myself is very much a part of me. That is what gives me confidence that I can blend these two worlds together. From baby bottles to endless trails, my path is laid.
On a side note the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival is rolling through town in a few weeks. I am very much looking forward to getting out to it and finding some new inspirations!