Life In a Hurry: Love, Life and the Birth of my First Son

John Corcoran, Smart Business Revolution,, NOTE: I recently published this article in my wife’s Mothers’ Club newsletter. Why am I publishing it here? Good question. Although it has nothing to do with business, it does show a different side of me and my purpose in doing what I do. What is your purpose? Share it in the comments below. Enjoy.


The early summer evenings around northern California remind even the most jaded Californian why we live in the Golden state.

It was just May but the unseasonably hot weather that evening meant it was still in the low 90s, even though the sun was rapidly fading.

It may have been the heat outside, or the lack of air conditioning inside my apartment, that inspired me to go out for a run that night, back when I was prone to do such a thing.

I was nearing the end of my run when I noticed an attractive woman running in my direction. As she got closer I realized I knew her.

We had been coworkers once. Her name was Nicole, and she left before I had the chance to get to know her.

I waved her down, and my heart jumped as the look of recognition crossed her face. She flashed the bright-eyed ear-to-ear smile which had so attracted me when I first met her.

We ended up talking for 20 minutes as the sun slipped behind the trees. The conversation was seamless and effortless.

It was almost completely dark by the time I finally got up the nerve to ask if she would meet me for a drink later that evening.

“Sure,” she said, smiling. “Sounds like fun.”


Nicole and I married four years later, and by that point I had followed her to Marin.

Life wasn’t easy but it was fun, and free. We were busy: first graduate school for Nicole, then law school for me.

We could take off on a last minute weekend getaway, or eat out at a moment’s notice.

It’s easy to think back on your life before kids and wonder why you didn’t do more. Why you didn’t dart off to Venice on a moment’s notice. Why you didn’t hop in the car on a Saturday morning to go skiing in Tahoe, without having planned it weeks in advance.

Life has a funny way of speeding up on you.


Ten years had passed since that chance evening encounter, and we were expecting our first child. The due date was still weeks away.

It was a Sunday morning, and I was settling in to watch a football game as Nicole was getting in the shower.

The hospital bags remained unpacked. Piles of baby clothes were covering every surface of the baby’s room.

Then my wife’s voice tore across the house. “I think my water broke!” she said.

Moments later we were in the living room, my wife dripping wet in a towel and me fumbling with my phone, trying to call the hospital for advice.

We left our home in a hurry, and by the time we reached the Golden Gate Bridge the contractions were coming on nearly every 60 seconds. Nicole started pushing the minute we got to the hospital.

It soon became apparent that this was a kid who wasn’t going to wait.


Perhaps it is appropriate that two parents whose destiny together hinged on one fateful run would give birth to a kid who lives life in a hurry.

The funny thing is, Mason has never slowed down.

From the moment he wakes up to the moment he goes to bed, he’s constantly on the go.

It’s enough to make you want to hold him squarely by the shoulders and tell him to slow down and enjoy the moment. If he would only listen.


Looking back, our 12 years together seem to have gone by as quickly as that drive to the hospital.

One day you’re falling in love. The next you’re having your first child.

I look at my son now and all I can do is slow down and sit and appreciate the little moments. He’s two now, still moving at warp speed and picking up words every day.

He looks up at me now and flashes that familiar ear-to-ear grin. I recognize it instantly. He has Nicole’s smile.



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