My Motivation Has a Name…Almost
Who’s Counting on You to Be at Your Best?
— By Mike Kramer, Staff Write
On March 28, (give or take) Iâ€™m going to become a dad for the first time. This thought is inconceivable to me, yet seems perfectly natural.
Friends and family promise me that Iâ€™m in for the biggest and best adventure of my life. In the next breath, they also warn me that Iâ€™m in for thousands of the craziest, most maddening days Iâ€™ll ever hope to see.
And Iâ€™m cool with that. Because thereâ€™s a thought that calms me down and pushes me forward every day â€“ he (for sake of discussion) only wants one thing right now. And I know that I can give it to him.
Sure, heâ€™ll need a house and a room and a place to sleep. Heâ€™ll need Halloween costumes, birthday candles and hidden Easter eggs. When heâ€™s 16, heâ€™ll need me to get out of the car so he can pick up his Homecoming date alone. When heâ€™s 30, heâ€™ll probably need me to babysit his kids.
But for now, he really only needs one thing from me â€“ to be at the top of my game. He needs a Dad whoâ€™s fit enough, healthy enough and happy enough to do what needs done and have fun doing it. He needs a Dad with enough energy reserves to light up Sioux City, Iowa. He needs a Dad whoâ€™ll be playing on the floor more than lying on the couch. He needs a quick, clear thinker, a heavy lifter, and an all-around fixer of things mechanical and personal.