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Blog Launch: Start the Beginning

Blog Launch: Start the Beginning

— June 17, 2017 —

It’s only too late if you never start. With these eight words, I formally launch my blog, Fatherhood@Forty. Welcome!

This blog has been 12 years in the making (in my head, at least). The germ of it started in 2005 when I set out to locate my biological father whom, at that point, I had not seen in 25 years.

I found him and wrote about the journey in a piece published in the Chicago Tribune on Father’s Day 2006. My reckoning with the past inspired me to reach out to my dad’s family, people peppered from California to Florida who knew I existed but didn’t know how to find me. They’ve helped fill in the missing pieces of my story.

I think Drake said it best: “Better late than never, but never late is better.”

Now here I am again. This time it’s Father’s Day 2017 and I’ve picked up more descriptors: Husband. Father. Suburbanite. Former Journalist. Public Relations Pro. 40-Something.

Last year, after I spoke on a panel for my 20th college reunion about “when life goes off script,” a classmate, apparently inspired by my remarks, pulled me aside and said, “If you had a blog, I would read it.”

So I’m starting this blog — finally. I think Drake said it best: “Better late than never, but never late is better.”

My graying hairline, unruly nose hairs and emerging love handles are signs of aging, to be sure, but also physical reminders of this truism: time waits for no one.

To my fellow fathers: take the first step this Father’s Day toward something you’ve always wanted to do. Don’t wait.

Start the beginning.

Father on,

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Johnathon E. BriggsA 40-something father who favors wingtips + statement socks • Husband • Autism Dad • Comic Book Fan • ΑΦΑ

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Six weeks before my 40th birthday, I became a first-time father. This life-changing moment made me think about my own dad, who became a father at 44. As my parenthood journey unfolded, I noticed that most of my friends had become parents earlier in life yet, here I was, changing diapers and battling sleep deprivation at (nearly) 40. I told my wife, “Parenting is definitely a young man’s game.” But is it really?

Where most of my friends were preparing for their children’s middle and high school graduations, I was mastering the art of the swaddle, perfecting the one-hand baby wipe, and learning to decipher my daughter’s gurgles and whimpers. It occurred to me that I had so much more to offer my daughter at the sure-footed age of 40 than I did at, say, 28, when I was still coming into my own.

In this awareness, I gained an appreciation for where I am in life and the idea for Fatherhood@Forty was born. Fatherhood@Forty is a creative outlet to blog about my experiences and inspire other (relatively) late-in-life dads. It’s been said that each child is their own assignment and I believe each parent’s journey is its own destination.

Here are a few factoids about me, Johnathon Briggs, the editor behind this blog:

  • I am a former journalist (Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune).
  • I love exploring Chicago and the Midwest with my family.
  • I remain on a constant quest to stay fit.
  • I support charities that fight HIV, uplift families affected by incarceration, and ensure African American boys graduate from college.
  • I enjoy reading comic books and binge-watching House of Cards.
  • I am a child of the ‘80s, so please expect occasional references to the Golden Age of Hip-Hop.

As a reporter for daily newspapers, I had the opportunity to interview fascinating people and to test out great products and brands for my readers. I hope to do the same for you as I blog about the moments that make up this adventure called fatherhood.

Please email me if you’d like to collaborate or have ideas for a blog post: fatherhoodforty@gmail.com.

Father on,

Disclaimer: Fatherhood@Forty may contain affiliate marketing links, which may result in commission on sales of products or services I write about. My editorial content is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate partnerships. This disclosure is provided in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR § 255.5: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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