On Thursday, November 9, we hosted dadX: Mansplaining Men's Health at the legendary Leisure Club. Around 20 men of different ages and stages of life spent a couple hours listening to speakers touch on range of relevant topics that sparked discussion and deep reflection.
If you’re wishing you could have attended, check out the live stream available on The Dadass Podcast Instagram Account, and while you’re there give us a follow. I wanted to share some of what I took away that still resonates with me today:
Live your life with intention
As parents, partners and leaders we need to be intentional with the time we have with one another. From full focus with those you are present with or when leading a meeting, be intentional and respect that time.
As Mike Scherer, Worth the Wait Charity, shared during his story, when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer he had a lot of people say that he had "the easy cancer" since there's a high survival rate. As he put it, "there's no easy cancer - you're still going to have battles and no guarantees." Live life with intention.
Give 100 percent
Darrell O’Neal, Fatherhood Fraternity, put it best when he said that when with your kids or even your partner, give them 100 percent of you. Much like living with intentionality, if we are fully present and making the person you are with feel like the center of the universe that will help them feel appreciated and help you appreciate the limited time we have.
Men are 4x as likely to die by suicide - seek the help you need
We had two speakers specifically on mental health, and in some way all our speakers touched on it. We must seek out community or social connections to ensure we don't hold things in and become deeply wounded.
If you’ve wanted to do something, just do it
When The Dadass Podcast was started, we wanted to create a community for people who wanted to be better parents and partners. Hosting an event like this has been an idea for three years. It’s taken until now to actually take a swing at hosting an event. After hearing the feedback from the men who attended, it’s hard to understand why it took us so long to do something that we’ve wanted to do for so long. I’m just glad we did it, and hopefully we can mansplain other topics sometime soon.
-Matt Lofy, The Dadass
CBUS Dads is a community of central Ohio area dads balancing an active lifestyle with being an involved parent. A Saturday for us may involve enjoying morning t-ball, lunch at a new local spot and an evening at a summer festival with our families. We may live downtown, in the suburbs or somewhere between, but our common thread is that we continue to experience the community we love - now as parents.