Fatherhood

“No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.”

Regina Brett

Father’s Day, like many holidays, is a day of celebration. A celebration of the father we may have had, and or a celebration of the father we may become.

The truth is not everyone has a father. Or they have one but not a good one. I can’t speak to that—because I do have a father—but I do know this:

There are many incredible people out there in the world (and from history) that can be the mentor and figure you seek—If not directly, then indirectly from the books they’ve written or the lives they’ve led.

Father’s day (again, like most holidays) is also a day of reflection and an opportunity to give yourself construction feedback.

What kind of dad am I? What kind of father have I been living this past year?

What kind of person? A loving one? A distracted one? A supportive one?

Don’t overlook the negative traits and actions, If you can think of some, but try not to dwell too deeply on any past mistakes—forgot who you were, who do you want to be now?

Of course, I’m not a dad—so take all my advice with a heavy grain of Himalayan sea salt.

But I think the best thing you can do as a dad — no, as a human being— is show up.

Show up when you are needed, yes. But also show up when you aren’t needed.

Even if you feel like you have don’t have anything to contribute. Even if no one asks. Even if you’re the one you have to lean in and initiate. Being there is enough.

Happy Father’s Day.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #965

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