Today I came across this new Macklemore song, "Growing Up", and it hit home for me in a big way. This song is a tribute to his new daughter, and as he puts it "Half of it is advice about growing up. The other half is trying to figure out how to grow up myself."
As a new father myself, I could fully relate.
I don't know if we're ever truly ready to become a parent for the first time. From the get-go, it can feel daunting, exhausting, even lonely at times. But thankfully, parenthood is also lined with love, laughs and memories just waiting to be made. I just don't imagine it's a seamless transition for anyone.
Entering fatherhood was a transformative experience for me. It changed my worldview. It made me take a hard look at what I was doing with my life, and what I wanted our future to be like. It made me question whether I was leading by example in the right way.
The birth of my daughter was the motivating factor for me to get back into music. I want to show her that finding time to work on what you love should be a priority. To show her that dreams are worth chasing, and life is better when you make room for your passion - whatever that may be.
Funny how part of growing up, for me, means holding myself accountable for doing the things that I love to do. This song was a great reminder for why I'm making music again. It's easy to forget amidst the craziness of everyday life.
It was also a reminder that my daughter needs a song of her own!
Let me know how your family has inspired you.