Every decade of your life brings new meaning to your father’s life.
In your first 10 years, he is the superhero who slays the proverbial dragons and monsters when you are asleep. The following decade, he is your best friend who always has your back, but more importantly, he is your greatest critic, who shares crucial life lessons, whether you want them or not. In your 20s, you begin to understand who he really is, someone who will never leave your side even if you leave his. When you step into your 30s, you finally learn the true meaning of ‘father’—a timeless experience that begins with the birth of his child, through which he learns to be a better father every day, as he strives to keep you safe and happy. The one thing he never has to learn though, is how to love you for it comes most naturally to him.
Becoming a father is like taking a deep dive everyday into a plethora of emotions and emerging anew. It is like leaving the old life behind to embrace a new world—a world that begins and ends with the little person who is the size of the two palms.
Every father’s greatest wish that often remains unfulfilled is to spend as much time with his children as he can. A father would give anything to be there for every one of those precious moments, big or small—the first steps, graduation ceremonies, driving lessons, the first love, starting a family.
Between professional responsibilities, social commitments and duties at home, most fathers struggle to spend quality time with their children. Especially when work keeps them away from home for long periods. And despite best efforts, sometimes birthdays and holidays do get missed. However, to everyone’s surprise, this norm recently made way for some exception. While the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc throughout the world, it brought the most unexpected opportunity for families to spend time together. The global lockdown proved to be a blessing in disguise especially for fathers who could finally spend quality time with their families and make up to their children for all the lost time.