"Father" is NOT a Noun - It's a Verb
As I hit the magazines and Internet to research gear guides for Father's Day, I realized that most gear writers are "posers" with little relevant experience and that most of the things they recommended were not things they would actually buy themselves but were the things their sponsors told them to feature.
Sure sponsors are important because without them you would just be staring at a blank webpage, but that doesn't mean any of us need to sell our soul.
I Can't Lie To You
I don't want you to have to worry about any lame marketing BS when I post guides like this, so I'm going to just give it to you straight so that you can get down with your shopping.
Here's How I Do It
When I approach a "gear guide," such as this one for Father's Day, I approach it as if I'm shopping for myself. These are the capabilities that I actually want.
When I submit the gear to GovX to publish, I include my actual size and color preference because I actually want them. No kidding... send this stuff to me!
It also just so happens that I tend to like what everyone else likes so this seems to work. Does that mean I listen to Taylor Swift? Well... actually it does, but you get my point. Everyone likes Taylor Swift.
It's important that you hear this from me.
Know that this "gear guide" is produced for GovX members. It's important to understand that I don't recommend anything just because it is here on GovX. The gear I recommend is what I would choose.
Through and through, I'm a father, former SEAL, outdoor enthusiast, and I believe that gear is not a thing but a capacity to be in motion.
So when I choose something, I'm not picking it because of its technical specifications; I'm choosing it for what it will allow me to do and who it will allow me to be. See my recent post "You Are What You're Ready For".
By category, and so that I don't end up with something useless myself, here are the things I would love to get this Father's Day.
When I was young, getting clothing as a gift was about as exciting as doing homework; but now, when it's something that helps me get out, get active or makes a cool statement, I've grown to love it.
Forever I was a "one sunglass" kind of guy. Now I have several pairs of glasses for different occasions. At a minimum, it makes sense to have casual, dress and tactical glasses.
I'm not saying to buy them all, but you might consider rounding out Dad's optics collection, especially if he wears the same pair of shades whether he's in a suit or out running on the trail. Seldom is that okay.
It's summer, so I went heavy.
Like sunglasses and socks and hobbies, I enjoy having multiple types of watches. You'll notice that each one represents a different capability. Watches can get very expensive, so I worked to include some of the less expensive options to help you start building Dad's watch quiver.
There's nowhere I go and nothing I do that isn't enhanced by technology. Even when I'm miles into a remote camping site, I still enjoy listening to music, taking pictures or even watching a movie, and, yes, on occasion a Taylor Swift video.
There's not a dad out there who doesn't love getting out and getting active, or needs to get out and get more active. See what I did there? Just included everyone.
I'm working to not call out an individual item, but if you're not paddleboarding as a family, you're missing out on something special. You can do it anywhere and anyone can do it. Just make sure you get the right sized boards if you're a beginner so that you don't go butt-over-teakettle in front of everyone on the beach.
Young or old, fitness is important. It doesn't matter if you'll be schlepping your three year old up a mountain trail on your shoulders while she picks her nose and wipes it in your hair (yes, I've been there) or jumping in the lake with your grandkid to swim him to the dock. Being a "father" is a verb, not a noun.
I just watched a report about the medical benefits of being out in nature. For me, there's not a choice. I'm sure it's diagnosable, but if I don't get outdoors, I get anxious, stressed and straight up sad.
For me, getting to spend time out in nature is what I live for. It's why I work... well you know, besides the kids and stuff.
My mission in life is to help everyone understand how pragmatic tactical gear and training are for everyday life. You don't have to be in the Special Forces to use this gear. It's for everyone. I call it "Practical Tactical".
It's good for men to collect things and keep them around. It helps me stay connected to who I am even when I'm in the office or my living room.
We're not meant to be "kept" inside, and I find the aesthetics of my environment can keep me relaxed and focused.
To all of the fathers out there, Happy Father's Day, and you're welcome!
Oh... just in case you want to thank me:
Ya, it's a martini case. My wife likes martinis. I'm sure you understand where I'm going with this. "Tactical Practical".
We've got some amazing members here at GovX, and I want to hear from you.
What's your favorite Father's Day tradition?
When I say, "'Father' is not a noun – it's a verb," what does that mean to you?
What would you choose?
About Eric Davis
Eric Davis served our country as a U.S. Navy SEAL and decorated veteran of the Global War on Terror. Eric has been recognized as one of the premier sniper instructors in the U.S. military and has served as a Master Training Specialist at the SEAL sniper school. Davis is also the host of The Loadout Room, author at SOFREP, a GovX "Insider" and founder of the human performance company Average Frog. Follow him, and all his exploits, on Twitter @EricDavis215