Fathers day in US just happened last Sunday the 16th, and I was thinking, what it means for me to be a father. Well, I think I have to start from the beginning.
For years I have been “looking” for something else, that I did not know what. I remember clearly during my night time walks with my dog (Bolt) and I would look to the sky and think what is missing, and I could not quite figure it out. Until one day…
It was right around Christmas time, my bike was broken and I went to a friends/client house to borrow a bike so I could train. When I got to his house and I saw the kids playing and having fun. That was my ah-ha, the search was over. Fatherhood is what I was searching for all this time.
After Luke was born was the first time I didn’t feel alone. The very first time I felt complete. Becoming a Dad was like completing a puzzle that started long ago when I met my wife. This is something very hard to explain, but super easy to FEEL.
The other day I heard “fatherhood is being responsible for a life that you have no control of it”. Therefore, I can say that fatherhood is one of the biggest blessings you can have in life, and with big blessings comes big responsibilities. I believe our goal as fathers is to accept our kids exactly how they are and to empower them so they can navigate thru their life journey the best way possible.
Fatherhood made me see life in a whole different way. Sometimes I ask people, if your life was a movie, what would be the soundtrack? For me, the answer will be rock and roll. Because rock and roll pumps me up, and makes me feel alive, happy and vibrant. That is why I say, over and over again, fatherhood rocks and nothing else matters (thanks Metallica).
Richard Wygand – A Dad on a mission!