Your son is running ahead of you to the park, while your daughter is pulling expectantly at your hand, telling you to hurry up. It is at this point you wonder where in the world all the energy you used to have disappeared to. Your legs feel lead heavy, while your growing gut makes you puffed out just to get up off the couch. It doesn’t have to be this way. If you think that working out is only for young men in the prime of their life, you’re mistaken. Thousands of men have reclaimed their lives by working out a couple of days a week to the benefit of their health, occupation and overall lifestyle.
You might tell yourself that work has got you down, but if your family means so much to you as you think it does, then you would make an effort to return to your prime for them. Sure work is tiring, even stressful, but in the end you do it for the benefit of your children. Here’s a thought: if you keep working, how much of your children’s lives do you think you’ll actually participate in? It’s one of those cases where you end up turning into a shell of a being by getting your kids through school, but compromising the importance of forming a relationship with them.
You might be able to give them that education, but how much of yourself have you ultimately given to your child at the end of the day? What will they thank you for in their graduation speech? What will they remember shaping them throughout their life? Don’t let yourself fall into the trap thinking that by working mindlessly, you’re doing them a service. You obviously want them to grow up well. Who will they follow for guidance if they don’t have you?
The good news is all is not lost if you’ve realized that this is what you’ve been doing the whole time with your child. You can catch them before they fall into the clutches of peer pressure and help them discover their own uniqueness to help them flourish and grow. All it requires on your behalf is energy and vibrance. How much are your children worth to you?