Today is Father’s Day. I am very grateful for all of the love and support my own father has given me over the years. I would not be the person I am without him.
I’m also celebrating it for the first time as a father. It’s an amazing feeling. My daughter is now seven weeks old. She has changed me for the better in ways I couldn’t have imagined before. When she entered my life, it was like a piece of my heart got returned to me that I didn’t even know I had. She can wash away layers and layers of stress with one smile. When she looks at me, I know I have it in me to do one more assignment for school, one more hour of studying, one more walk around the block to comfort her and help her go to sleep.
She motivates me to push myself beyond limits I thought I had, to be a better person, to give her a better world both personally as well as the one she will join as a toddler, adolescent and adult.
This Father’s Day, I feel very lucky to not only have a wonderful, supportive and loving father, I feel just as blessed to be a father to an amazing baby girl.
Parenting isn’t only biologically based though. I hope folks will consider becoming a mentor in some capacity to someone who needs it.