#1000FearlessFathers: Joe Bell on being a father “It’s my identity. It allows me to make a map that I never had as a child.”

Name: Joe Bell | Instagram: @Joe_D_Bell

What does being a father mean to you?

It means everything ! It’s my identity its allows me to make a map that I never had as a child . I am now and in the future will be able to give honest advise as well as guidance from my failures and success.

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Describe your experience with your father growing up and how that impacted you today.

I had no father experience my mother was molested by her stepfather which how I was conceived. For awhile I had no image of him and he wasn’t a nice person for years I knew i wanted to be the total opposite so I always tried to stay on my best behavior and dod the right thing. I lack confidence and an identity.

Have you had any obstacles on your fatherhood journey? If so, explain.

Absolutely! I had my first born at 18 years old by my high school sweat heart. After we split a failed at spending the time with them it should have been more than every other weekend. This allowed my young boys to question my decisions as a father and believe 100% of what mommy says. Also my experience of the child support system didn’t work in my favor.

What advice would you give others new on their fatherhood journey?

I would let them know that once your child is born its not about you anymore its about them and once you put your time and energy to them I promise you they will be great in life.

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If you wanted to write a quick note to your father, starting with “Dear Father,” what would it be?

Dear biological father, I hope at some part in your life you felt some type of guilt for taken advantage of a child. I wonder if you knew I existed ? Why did you not show any good sides of yourself for them to tell me about. I guess I would never know but I can tell you that I’m probably the only great thing you put on this earth.



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