Jason Wood on Fit Fatherhood

Words by Jason Wood, Project Manager and Elite Obstacle Course Racing Athlete

Before my daughter arrived life was all about advancing my career, making more money, and attempting to fit the mold that society deemed was successful. Everything I accomplished was selfish in nature. That changed when my little girl entered this world. When she was born there was a mindset adjustment that took place. No longer was everything about me. The narrative immediately changed to the creation of the best possible values and atmosphere for her growth and happiness.

After her birth I went through a very tough period and ventured down a path that ultimately led to a major crossroad. At the end of that road I found fitness and the sport of obstacle course racing.  It was these two passions that ultimately gave me the sense of direction and purpose I was craving. They made me a better man and a better father. Like any father we want our children to witness our passions while taking part in the things that makes us happy. As Clarence Kelland stated, “My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived and let me watch him do it.”

Being a Fit Father isn’t necessarily about the physical appearance portrayed when we walk out of our homes every day. It certainly isn’t about how fast we can run our how much weight we can move. It’s all about setting positive examples. I understand that my daughter is always watching me, seeking to understand the world around her through my eyes. Our children seeing us happy, healthy, and doing what we love will ultimately translate to how they approach their lives. Life is going to be hard with obstacles each step of the way. So of course there will be “haters.” Being a Fit Father means teaching my daughter how to overcome and persevere while gracefully moving through fear and doubt. But in those times of need daddy will always have her back! A Fit Father is a teacher and the architect of the foundation for which our children will write their own life stories. A life story with context clues pointing out that their fathers will always be with them.

 

Jason Wood on Fit Fatherhood