Name: Justin Johnson | City: Atlanta, GA | IG: @Whoisjustjohn
What does being a father mean to you?
Being a father makes me want to make the world a better place. It’s kinda like a job except I never clock out and it’s way more rewarding than a paycheck. Fatherhood gave me an understanding on unconditional love.
Describe your experience with your father growing up and how that impacted you today.
My father was a hard worker. Unfortunately he was out of the house a lot and became a serial cheater. My parents divorced at a young age. My father got remarried to a white woman and has remained in Fort Smith, Arkansas for the last 20 years.
Overtime his inner circle and environment has changed him. My dad is now an adamant republican & was an open trump supporter. He’s a right wing conspiracy theorist and denounces the BLM.
It’s sad because I now see him as an enemy of the cause.
Through the transition I spent much of my early 20’s trying now to be like him. I realized that my energy is better spent simply becoming who I want to be in spite of potential negative influences.
What things did you take from your experience growing up into your own fatherhood journey?
I’ve learned the value of being a provider. I’ve also learned to value my time and put energy into creating passive income and generational wealth. I’m a present and hands on parent. I learned to show my son I’m interested in the things he cares about and willing to invest in helping him learn high income earning skills that align with his interests.
Have you had any obstacles on your fatherhood journey?
Yes, between the years of 2018-2020 my son was in and out the hospital battling spina bifida and a tumor complications. It was the most difficult experience of my life
What advice would you give others new on their fatherhood journey?
Figure out the type of father you want to be and focus your efforts and priorities on becoming that. Also, make time to truly know and understand your kid(s) consistently.
If you could write a quick letter to your father, starting with “Dear Father,” what would you say?
I wish I felt like we were on the same team. I appreciate everything your done for me and my siblings. Even the sacrifices I didn’t know know you made. I want our relationship to improve so that I can rely on you more in my fatherhood journey. I’m disappointed in how you’ve. Chosen to spend your time and money. The good news is it isn’t too late. If your down, I’d like to have a candid conversation in order to change our relationship for the better.
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