Name: Julian Edgar | City: Bangkok, Thailand (via Detroit, MI) | IG: @TheDarnellTheory
What does being a father mean to you?
It’s an indescribable feeling. Before Rhythm was born, I couldn’t imagine having a child. Now that she’s here, I can’t imagine life without her. Joy, fear, happiness, caution, responsibility, privilege. That’s the best way to describe it.
Describe your experience with your father growing up and how that impacted you today.
My dad is like Julius from Everybody Hates Chris. Swear he had 15 jobs at once. It took me to be grown to fully understand and appreciate what he did. He loved to teach and have fun. My dad is the poster for dads. He’s really my hero and gave a lot to live up to. But he’s always there if I need help or advice.
What things did you take from your experience growing up into your own fatherhood journey?
I never felt that I could talk to my parents growing up. But life has a way of teaching and giving perspective. I definitely hope I can fix that for Rhythm.
My dad always stood up for me and taught me to stand up for myself properly. I have to continue that.
Have you had any obstacles on your fatherhood journey?
I was deathly afraid of bringing her into the world. I do a lot of overthinking.
Plus, you know, covid is wild. Her being born during that was scary.
What advice would you give others new on their fatherhood journey?
Relax. Breathe. Believe in yourself. You can do it. Do be afraid to ask for help, breaks, advice, etc.
Do your best to get sleep and eat right. Be good to the mother. Do right by her.
If you could write a quick letter to your father, starting with “Dear Father,” what would you say?
Thank you. For real.
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