Life has a funny way of showing us what we’re made of. From our first crush to our first job, every new challenge and experience adds a square to the quilt of our character. But of all the many people, places, and things that shift our focus, open our hearts, and rock our worlds, the greatest of these is parenthood.
Sure, we knew parenthood would teach us a few things — like how to diaper a kid with a single hand or survive on little sleep and even less fun money. But parenthood often changes us in ways we never saw coming. Sometimes the changes are welcome. Sometimes they’re fought with a little resistance. Sometimes they make us belly-laugh until we cry, but no matter what, we always, always keep changing.
This Father’s Day, we asked nine dads how fatherhood has made its mark on their lives — and the incredible ways it continues to change them every day. What they had to say left us … well, kind of emotional, to say the least.
“Having my children young … it just threw me into the role of being a father — of being an adult, really,” shares Mark C.
“When it comes to fatherhood, it’s helped me grow as a human being,” added Chris C. “It’s helped me see that there’s more to this world beyond myself.”
“The depth of the love and patience that I have for another human being, that’s what’s changed me — even at 45,” shares Scott W.
They told us that fatherhood has made them more patient. More compassionate. More appreciative. But most of all, it’s made them better people.
“Thinking about how my actions are now going to affect other people more so, because I’m directly responsible for them, is a big way [fatherhood has changed me],” says Phil A.
“I never thought I’d be a father,” admitted Brian D. “It’s not something that I set out to do — but it’s the best thing that ever happened to me.”
Of course, it hasn’t always been a walk in the park.
“When I first found out I was going to be a father, I absolutely panicked,” he shares.
But ultimately, becoming a dad has been the best decision of his life.
“If I could go back,” says Brian, “I would tell myself to have more kids.”
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there who give it their all — today and every day.
Hear more from the dads we spoke to by watching our Father’s Day video above, or on Facebook.