"Every Father should remember one day his son will follow in his example, not his advice.” Being new to the journey of fatherhood, we checked in with XYZ rider Cecil to see how he was continuing to find balance in his life and the highs and lows of this new adventure.
1. HOW HAS LIFE CHANGED SINCE BECOMING A DAD?
Life as a dad is absolutely fantastic but it's obviously not without its challenges - the sleep deprivation, less "me" and "couple" time, all sorts of unpredictability. It is also tremendously daunting to think about the fact that every decision you make will somehow influence your child's future. I think I've instinctively changed by always trying to keep things in perspective and appreciating that parenthood is a lifelong relationship. This allows me to cope with all the new pressures and emotions that come with becoming a parent and allowing to enjoy all the joyful and wonderful moments along the journey.
2. WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST SURPRISE ABOUT BECOMING A DAD?
My wife and I attended a bunch of prenatal classes and read the usual books. Okay... admittedly, I didn't stay awake during all the classes and by reading it was more my wife reading and giving me the abbreviated version! So overall, as a couple, we felt as prepared as possible for the baby's arrival and adopted the view that no matter what, we just needed to be ready to learn and adapt. So I would say the biggest surprise (or surprises) would be what I sometimes find in the baby's diapers, especially when no one is around to help me with the diaper change...
3. HAS IT CHANGED YOUR WORKOUT REGIME?
Before the baby arrived, I had a pretty fixed workout schedule - 3 to 4 classes a week, same days and times each week, same bike number. I've had to become a bit more flexible to fit my classes around unpredictable daddy duties. This hasn't necessarily been a bad thing as this means I have had the chance to ride with different instructors and more classes at the Causeway Bay studio (as it is closer to home). I've also quietly gone down half a kilo for the weight tracks because my arms are always tired now from holding the baby...
4. WHAT'S THE ONE THING BECOMING A DAD HAS TAUGHT YOU ABOUT YOURSELF?
I wouldn't say that becoming a dad has necessarily taught me anything about myself, but rather, it has given me a greater appreciation for all the things my parents have done in raising me. On a less serious note, I've also learned that Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Baa Baa Black Sheep and the Alphabet Song all share the same tune!
5. IF THERE IS ONE THING YOU COULD WISH FOR YOUR SON/DAUGHTER IN LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Good health as it is the foundation for happiness.