Like the title says, holy shit. It’s been kind of a long-time-coming. My wife has been suggesting (code word: nagging) that I start a blog, now here it is. It’s hard to not feel foolish about it; anyone else feel that way?
A little background about me: I’m a middle-aged male, that isn’t truly great at anything. Not saying I’m not good at somethings, just not a master at, well, anything in particular. The only thing I’ve ever wanted to be good at is being a good dad. I’m an Army Veteran, Nurse, weightlifter, and above all, a dad.
As a new father and deployed to the Middle East at the time, I started writing a ton of excerpts about different principles. These principles and tenets are things that I want to pass onto my children. During sleepless nights off-duty, I guess you could say an odyssey begun. I wanted to embark on a journey on what it is to be fucking DADLY. I was on a quest to sharpen my axe of DADLINESS. I figured, if I start this now, with my first child and interact with other dads looking to be the best damn role models to their children, I’d be alright.
My hope with this blog is to bring fellow fathers together and talk about what is TRUELY important in parenting. Sift through all the bullshit and find what really makes our children great people. The excerpts I’ve been writing touch on resilience in young children, financial and fiscal responsibility, health and fitness, and a myriad of other things that the new generations lack (…and we hate). I have the high hopes of cramming all this convoluted babble into a book that maybe a handful of people will read. That’s all I need.
Being a father is the greatest/hardest/trying thing we will do, and that’s why it fucking rules. Some famous guy said, “If it’s not hard, its not worth having.” Being a military guy, we get inundated with quotes so the author of that one’s escaped me but the dude is spot on. But connecting with others that are going through the same things–shared hardships, moments of pure joy–forge awesome resources and friends.
I don’t have all of the answers so I’m looking for other dads with super-dadly-powers to bestow knowledge, super strength, and laser vision on us all. I appreciate your support!
P.S. This quote and image came with the post. Seemed to fit…and I’m lazy as hell. Cheers.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton