One of my very good friends asked me a few months ago if I would be interested in joining Toastmasters. For those of you that do not know, Toastmasters is a group that focuses on helping people become leaders and work on their public presentations and speaking. I strongly advise ANY who read this to look into it…. or if you are interested ask me about it! I decided to join and I thoroughly enjoy going to the meetings. I knew that I had to give my first speech at some point, but I was struggling to find a topic that I wanted to speak about. The first speech is an icebreaker and the main goal was leaving the speech with the people in the room knowing more about me then before. Anyway, after much internal debate I settled on speaking about this blog, the reason behind it, and how it got started. That is right everyone, the readers became the muse, and it went splendidly. I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to this community. Many of us often forget what an awesome thing that it is to be able to publicly speak our minds without restriction or censoring. Thank you to those that post, and to those that read. I cannot speak on behalf of everyone, but it is important to me to know that I have a place to get out the fears of my inadequacies pertaining to my pending fatherhood. Perhaps there are other dads out there that are finding some strength in the words here. Perhaps there are other guys out there willing to face the fear of putting it all out there that we, as men not as boys, ARE scared sometimes about being a dad… who knows? Giving this speech tonight reminded me of how good it feels to post my fears, my thoughts, and even my joys. In this week of playing catch up…. I think that giving this speech was just the spark I needed to help me get back on the rails of this crazy ride and keep going. That being said, I have to be at work way too early in the morning… I AM GOING TO BE A DAD, I am scared out of my mind, and I am still going to keep posting because the storm may get worse… but it is worth it.