Welcome to Guild of Dads.
In 2015 I lost my Dad suddenly and although it was a horrendous time for me personally, it forced me to look closely at my own life, and begin to ask myself some tough questions.
Questions like: what would I do with the rest of my life? was I living my life to my full potential? was I giving life half measures? what would I be remembered for?
In trying to find the answer to these questions I discovered that many Dads like me, are asking themselves similar questions, either because of a life changing event, or simply the passage of time.
Unfortunately, society doesn’t offer any road-map or support structure for this, other than to quip ‘ah its just a phase Dad is going through’ or utterings of ‘its probably a midlife crisis’.
This is why I started Guild of Dads as a community and resource for Dads looking to realise a vision for themselves in all areas of life, take action on that vision and to live a life of meaning (or at least that their lives have meant something). These are the 3 cornerstones we look to work on.
If this resonates with you and you want to make some lasting changes in every area of your life then you are in the right place at Guild of Dads. We work on relationships, spirituality, mental & physical health, together with the contribution and impact you want to make on the world around you.
So whats the deal?
I think for a lot of Dads nowadays they have a predetermined traditional life path which follows a largely conventional model of settling down which at some stage they believe will make them happy. There is nothing wrong in wanting to pursue this but for many men they hit midlife having ‘settled’ but with an enduring sense of emptiness with it. Almost like they have lost themselves.
To a degree they have lost themselves. They are not stretching themselves physically and mentally, they have stopped questioning, enquiring and educating themselves, their viewpoints are often entrenched or inherited, and they are stuck in a rut – powerless do something about it. Often they have spent their lives doing what others expect of them but in the process lost what gives them a sense of meaning.
Without knowing why this is happening it begins to have a detrimental effect on every facet of their lives, most commonly in relationships, mental & physical health.
But there is an alternative…………
I believe that this stage of life offers a real opportunity for growth which starts with an awareness that something is missing. but that vision and transformation is possible. In this way Dads can fully show up in life as the men they always wanted to be which benefits them, all those around them and society as a whole. Strong positive & masculine role models that are able to contribute at the same time as encouraging others to do so.
GUILD OF DADS
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