Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful, inspiring dads out there. We were lucky enough to catch up with professional basketball player and Rhone investor and creative collaborator Jimmy Butler to talk all things fatherhood, from how fatherhood has shaped him, staying connected with his daughter during the season, as well as what he hopes she learns from him. Here's what he had to say.
How has fatherhood shaped or perhaps changed your perspective on life?
Everything I do is for my daughter, even when it comes down to grocery shopping. I’m always purchasing something she can eat, something that she can enjoy. The same with clothing. More than anything, when I go to work, I’m always thinking of making it home to my daughter.
What’s your favorite thing to do with your daughter?
I absolutely love it when my daughter spends time with me or sleeps alongside me because I don't get to do it often due to my work schedule. I feel like it’s a complete blessing to know I have a mini me and we get to sleep side by side.
Is there anything special or unique just you and your daughter share?
I think everything we do is unique/special. I find her walking around in my shoes, my clothes, with my jewelry and I love it. What’s mine is hers.
If you could sum up fatherhood in one word, what would it be and why?
I would say scary because you never know what to expect. So as much as someone told you what they went through, your own experience is totally different. One day you will be telling your experience to someone else and they will be just as scared as you were.
What has been your biggest challenge as a father?
I think being away so much and missing so much of my daughter’s life, but I always say you have to sacrifice something to gain something else. So all the time I am away it is for a good reason, but I wish I could catch more time than I have had with her so far.
If you could give new or soon-to-be fathers any piece of advice, what would it be?
My advice would be to be you. There is no right or wrong answer to parenting. It’s all trial and error. You just have to quote on quote “make it out alive.”
What are some of the things you hope your daughter learns from you?
I hope that she learns my competitive drive. I’d rather win than eat, I’d rather win than sleep. It’s not always a good thing, but I know that’s one thing that I hope to teach her.
How do you stay connected to your daughter during the season with how often you travel?
Facetime, zoom, skype, however I can. I’m always on the phone. I think the more she sees my face and I get to remind her how much I love her goes a long way. So anytime I am able to have my daughter's face on my phone I’m doing it.
How do you think your daughter would describe you as a dad?
I hope she describes me as overly possessive, a fierce competitor but a very loving dad.
What’s one thing you wish you knew or were more prepared for before becoming a father?
I have a baby girl. So one thing I didn’t know is just how much they really fall in love with their dad. She wants to be around me all the time. I am grateful for it. If someone told me how much I could love my child, I probably wouldn't have believed it. Now I see it first-hand.