Every Dad Can Relate To Tim Kennedy's Message About Fatherhood

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Tim Kennedy and his son
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Tim Kennedy is a man with little fear. In fact, he’s well-known for his habit of picking fights with whoever is pissing him off, using his social media platforms to call out the likes of ISIS, the editor of Deadspin, and raging bulls.


These days, he’s even teaming up with Sheepdog Response, a combat-fitness training team, to develop training videos teaching viewers to be impossible to kill.

But, on Saturday, the Army Green Beret and former UFC fighter took a moment to acknowledge there’s one thing that truly scares him. It isn’t going to war; it isn’t losing in a cage fight — it’s letting down his family.

What scares me?” he wrote on Instagram. “I, occupationally, am a Special Forces Sniper, Ranger qualified, Green Beret that competed as one of the best cage fighters on the planet as a hobby. The answer has always been incredibly similar to millions of other men. I am scared to fail my family… I have sworn to do many things.”

It’s a sentiment that nearly every father understands and frankly, doesn’t get better with time or experience. But Kennedy, who is the proud father of a son and two daughters, admits that no matter what, “We as fathers have to put ours kids’ needs before our own for the rest of our life. If we do that nothing else matters.”

What scares me? I, occupationally, am a Special Forces Sniper, Ranger qualified, Green Beret that competed as one of the best cage fighters on the planet as a hobby. The answer has always been incredibly similar to millions of other men. I am scared to fail my family… I have sworn to do many things. I have given my word to do countless others but there is only one thing I know I am required to do. The only thing that matters more than all of them is being a good Dad. I have had the perfect road map laid out for me and I still might fail. I am more fortunate than most. I had a nearly perfect father. He is what I base everything off of. He was kind, generous, patient, hard working, loving, and most of all self-sacrificing for our benefit. I realize that there are many that have nothing to compare themselves to. No standard to gauge their success. Ultimately it boils down to something rather simple. We as fathers have to put ours kids’ needs before our own for the rest of our life. If we do that nothing else matters. So go on picking the worst piece of meat off the BBQ, grabbing the ugliest apple, throwing that kid on your shoulders on the hottest day of the year while you are walking around the amusement park, or giving up every inch of your home so your children have every bit of room to enjoy themselves. Of course there are the bigger and less seen sacrifices. Working at that job you hate so you can ensure there is food on the table, wearing that ratty shirt so you can buy a pair of soccer cleats, and knowing that their freedom and social life are far more important than your own. If you are anything like me we know that we don’t need a day to feel celebrated but perhaps we can give them a day to give back. Again sacrifice your wants, needs, and desires giving them our time. The most important commodity we have. Give them Fathers Day. Give every second to them. Give them love. Give them attention. Give them smiles. Let them know that they are the most important things on earth… #HappyFathers day! #511tactical

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Amen, Tim.  

To all those dads out there, Happy Father’s Day, and thanks for everything you do for your families.

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