By Brooklyn Ardister
Fatherhood often gets overlooked because a lot of men aren’t ready for change and responsibility that a child brings into their lives. Growing up without a father inspired me to be the greatest father I can be. I could not imagine a day without my little girl, Bri'elle Ardister, in my life.
With a positive mindset, I was ready to embark on the journey of fatherhood. On January 29th, 2014, my princess arrived into the world. When I held her for the first time our bond was ignited immediately. She is two-years-old now and she amazes me every day.
The excitement of teaching and watching her grow took over and ever since then, my daughter and I do everything together. We take walks exploring the city on our “learning adventures”, we paint together and build cities with the Legos. I want to be there to play and learn with her every single day. With periods of being both exciting and exhausting, she teaches me more about unconditional love than I would have learned without her. I know that when she wakes up with a smile and when she falls peacefully asleep in my arms, that every moment in between is a memory stored and love gained.
Being a father involves dedication and takes patience. The amount of changes I'm going through in my new role, makes me work harder. It surprised me that all the motivation I need to continue each day comes from Bri’elle.
When she is old enough to understand, I will tell her that the world is unfair and full of uncertainties, in the midst of all that, you have to find a way to make the world fit you instead of you fitting into the world.
I am proud to be a father and prouder to have an amazing daughter. It’s not easy but it definitely isn’t hard either to be a father.
Brooklyn Ardister is an artist. He paints and is a graphic designer. Ardister is also the co-owner of the clothing line, Cool Kidz Collection.
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Printed in the October 2, 2016 - October 15, 2016 edition.