My Mid-Life Crisis Moment

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  1. Buck as soon as your kid starts interacting with you, you will never be able to imagine your life without him. This how we look at our daughters, so even if we are almost “in prison” because of the lack of choice you just mentioned, we would not go back to the time before our kids. Wait and see…

    • Buck Inspire says:

      I hear you BTI! I guess I’m not at that stage yet. The negative change like lack of sleep, diapers, and less freedom currently outweigh the positives you mentioned. I’m sure I’ll get there one day. Thanks!

  2. Buck, this is only the beginning. Soon you child will provide you with endless inspiration (and some frustration to go along with it). Every day is like a new adventure as they discover new things, and explore new thoughts, feelings, places and emotions. You’ll go on that journey with them, too.

    Mine started sports last year, and that is whole, different dimension, not to mention commitment. Wouldn’t trade it for the world!

  3. Congratulations on your baby. Maybe instead of a wedding dance, you will be rejuvenated by an evening where you hire a night nurse so your wife and you can have a full good night’s sleep! Sleep depreviation makes everything looks worse.

  4. krantcents says:

    It is funny how old age just sneaks up on you! :) I didn’t know you were old? I realized I was old when I saw a picture and there was gray hair. Another moment was I was given a senior discount just because I looked that old. It is a facy because to young people, everyone looks old. Anyway, it doesn’t matter it is how you feel.

  5. Congrats on your revelation–there’s much more to life than a dance party! :-)

  6. But! But! Dancing at said baby’s wedding is an exciting concept, no?

  7. Arlee Bird says:

    Give me a break Buck! What are you talking about? You’re still a kid. Here I am watching my first two grandchildren growing up. You just wait. You’ve got a ways to go. And I still don’t feel old. Well, not in my mind at least.

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  8. 101 Centavos says:

    Nothing but downhill from here, Buck. Next thing you, you’ll be grunting with effort after picking up stuff from the floor.

  9. Jacqueline says:

    For the most part, I’ve handled those realizations by drinking vast quantities of liquor as well as the next woman, pushing them out of my mind so I could go about my day-to-day life as a housewife without screaming in abject horror over having fulfilled the soul-crushing prediction of my fourth grade teacher, Miss Niles, who’d scrawled on my report card: “HAS THE I.Q. OF A GENIUS BUT THE SELF-MOTIVATION OF A SLOTH.” (Thanks, bitch.)

  10. shilpan says:

    I’ve raised two daughter, so I know the feeling. Nothing in this wicked world is as promising and fulfilling as being a father. We are all actors on this stage called ‘Life'; you are playing a different role now. Just observe and enjoy the moment, Buck :)

  11. Just wait til you start getting AARP solicitations in the mail. That’s when it really hits you because I remember being in high school and ribbing my dad about the same thing. Now I am getting them. Ugh!

  12. Yes, what you are going through is definitely natural. I also think it goes both ways, as there are definitely things that those in the middle take for granted that other generations envy.

  13. eemusings says:

    Congrats on the baby!

    Can’t pretend to offer any advice (23 and childless) but I am sure you made a careful choice to have a child – and they are darn cute once they start interacting with you (like Beat the Index said). And of course it’s not the end of your life, just a new phase! I seem to know a fair few mothers who seem to have more exciting, party-filled lives than I do, actually…

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks eemusings! Wow, you’re so ahead of the game at 23 years. Way to go! They are pretty darn cute when their not bawling for a diaper change or milk, haha! New phase is right, thanks again!

  14. I don’t have kids yet so I can’t comment exactly on the phase of growth you’re going through, but I do appreciate your honesty.

    I have friends who have had children and have later remarked about the pressure they felt to “keep it together” at all times, especially when around others. It’s refreshing that you’re not only acknowledging the changes you’re experiencing, but that you’re analyzing them in a manner that will help you adapt.

    Sounds like wonderful daddy material if you ask me! :)

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