Yesterday, an entrepreneur who let me invest in his company had a baby. Or, rather, his wife had a baby girl. It’s always a special time bringing a baby into the world, yet there is never a perfect time to do it.
I know a lot of folks that don’t think now is the right time to get married. Now is not the right time to have a baby. They want every thing to be perfect. It sort of reminds me of startups that want everything perfect before they launch. It’s never perfect. It’s never the right time.
My friend had a baby yesterday. She is beautiful and full of promise. She comes into a world that seems to be spinning off it’s axis. However, babies were born between 1933-1946, and the world seemed off its axis then. Babies were born in Rome when the Barbarians were at the gate. Babies were born during the seemingly darkest hours of human existence.
Babies give you hope.
Some people see the negative in the world today. Heck, it’s pretty easy to find. Yesterday, a twisted 17 year old Afghani refugee took an axe on a train in Germany and hacked 17 people screaming “Allahu Akbar”. Last weekend, a Tunisian man killed over 80 people with a truck in Nice, France. It seems a week doesn’t go by when radical Muslim terrorists attack innocents somewhere. Yesterday, North Korea shot three ballistic missiles at South Korea. We also found out that Iran secretly has permission to create an atomic weapon sooner than we thought. There was a coup in Turkey, hundreds are being purged. Zika is ruining the Olympics. China is sabre rattling. We have two flawed candidates running for President.
Babies are being born in all those places. Babies symbolize hope.
Even with all the negativity, there are still a lot of things to be hopeful for. Technology is amazing. We hold incredible computing power in our hands. Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, machines, robots all have the promise to make our lives a lot better soon. Despite the efforts of those to divide the world, we are ever more interconnected than before.
If we thought that seven degrees of separation were the norm in the past, the babies being born today are one click away. That’s one click away from making a connection. That’s one click away from making a friend. That’s one click away from understanding.
It is never a good time. But, there is no time like the present. Weddings give us hope. Babies give us hope.