The Hardest Job I'll Ever Love

When I was going through my Master's program in Education one of my professors told me that teaching would be the hardest job I'd ever love.  There would be long hours, below average wages, and a lack of appreciation from society, but there would be other ways of being fulfilled.  Ultimately, I would have a career doing good in society by being a role model to youth.  I had no doubt he was right; when I actually started teaching, I fully understood where he was coming from.

Teaching made me grow.  It turned me into a tougher, more mature, and more responsible version of me. 

Later when I was expecting my first child, a friend told me that being a parent would be the hardest job I would ever love.  I thought to myself, "I've heard that before."  I had an idea fatherhood was difficult, but I assumed that it wasn't going to be that hard for me.

Parenting is really difficult; ask any parent.  Kids (especially infants) need constant attention.  The never ending diaper changing, feeding, cleaning, and entertaining is both physically and emotionally draining.  (I haven't had a full night of sleep in almost a year.)  As tiring as parenthood is, I absolutely love it.

It's always an easy decision to get up and do whatever needs to get done no matter how difficult the task is or how tired I am.  Love makes it easy.  I feel blessed and fulfilled every day. 

I love being a father; it's the hardest and most important job I'll ever have.

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