When I was in school, one question kept coming up from teachers and friends,
What do you want to be when you grow up?
As did many of my friends, I answered with job titles such as, firefighter, astronaut, police officer, etc. Very few of my friends ever ended up in the occupation we wanted back in 3rd grade, and most of all very few of us, ever actively thought about becoming a father. We were much more concerned with bugs, cars, trains, and other exciting aspects of being a child.
Recently, I have thought a lot about how the world tries to define who we are. If someone was to ask you to tell something about yourself, without any hesitation, many of us would describe our occupation or career. We would state our position at ABC Corporation, and then describe our role there and then get to our personal life and family later on, if even at all.
The paradox comes when we realize that a title of CEO, VP, or Project Manager, is a temporary title. We may have that title for a few years, and then someone else receives it and the responsibility of that particular position. The one title that matters more than any of these is Father. Our responsibility as a father cannot be passed on to any other person, and is a title that will remain long past our death. Our children, whether they are 2 or 42 years old are still our children, no matter what has happened along the way.
When I grow up, I will still be a father, and my hope is to be the best father my kids can have.