Did you ever want to be a role model for your kids but think you fail at it miserably? Working a full-time job and then trying my hand at a creative business is more than just hectic. It’s a vortex where time goes never to be found again. Yet, I, and many creatives make the time for our kids. Not because we should. Not because we’re supposed to, but simply because we want to. A creative dad or parent strives for so much in life yet our kids are the single most important “achievement.”
As a kid I looked to the usual suspects as role models. Athletes, firemen, the occasional astronaut. But only until I was older, and I mean recently did I discover my true role models: my parents.
The Creative Parent
No one is perfect, and by no means are all parents created equal. But if you were lucky like me, you realize they tried. That’s more than any kid could ask for.
“One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad.”
I don’t know if every parent is a role model to their kids. Creatives struggle with many thoughts and many roles all at once. Austin Kleon stated it best that writers, and I’ll expand it to all creatives should be role models.
I look at my son and ask myself what have I done and what can I do better. Not for me, but for him. He needs that role model that honestly only I can be.
My creative pursuits are, admittedly, a selfish endeavor. But maybe, just maybe, one day he’ll see the point in all of this and find some inspiration from it. If anything it will be something for him to look at and say that was my dad. He tried.
So if your busy creating something, pursuing your craft and you have the joy of being a parent, schedule your time. But don’t be afraid to pursue your passion. You are showing your children what it is to find success. Now go and teach.
Also published on Medium.