Doc Adewole says Fatherhood saved him

Name: Doc Adewole | City: Carson | IG: @survivalofthecreatives

What does being a father mean to you?

Fatherhood saved me. The opportunity to inspire and transform a life who believes in you, I can think of no greater fulfillment of purpose.

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

My relationship with my father was turbulent at best. He was emotionally, physically, and verbally abusive. I never actually heard him say that he loved me, the closet thing was him shaking my hand the day I graduated. Although he was around, I never knew the man.

What things did you take from your experience growing up into your own fatherhood journey?

Two huge takeaways I took from my earlier experiences was to love for one day. To never over complicate nor bow to the pressures of being a black dad. I also learned to offer forgiveness and apologize to my son, often.

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

Going through a divorce was possibly the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It nearly broke me, yet it was necessary. Looking back I’m grateful for what I learned and the boundaries I gained. I believe those obstacles prepared me to be a great dad.

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

To love for one day. Simply.

If you wanted to write a quick letter to your father, starting with “Dear Father,” what would you say?

Dear Father, I forgive you. I now realize you didn’t have the tools to navigate fatherhood, and that you were hurting all along. Know that you are forgiven.
Also know that I love you.

Name some other dope fathers you cosign.

1 @collistory
2 @geoffreydstarksjr
3 @ant_woodz
4 @gmartinez81
5 @therealjbbrown

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