21-year-old father explains struggles he’s faced as single father in Facebook post

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A young, single father’s Facebook post about raising his 10-month-old daughter has struck a chord with many other dads in his position.

Richard Johnson posted to the social network “Life of Dad” explaining how life changed when his daughter’s mom left when she was just a month old.

“I was so nervous and scared about being a father in general, but now I was a single father and had to fulfill two roles,” Johnson wrote. “I wasn’t sure I could do it.” 

The post quickly went viral, which prompted Johnson to reply with a second post.

In that post, he wrote about the days that followed the departure of his daughter’s mom.

“The days have been rough and at times I wasn’t sure I could make it another day. I spent more than a few nights holding my little girl as she slept weeping because I wasn’t sure I was going to be a good enough father for her,” he wrote.

Johnson explained in the second post, that many of his parenting fears stemmed from being a child of divorced parents. He said that his father left when he was just 6 years old.

“So being that I never had a father it was truly frightening to become one. Even more so when I was going to do it alone,” he wrote. “I didn’t have time to be worried though because that beautiful little girl needed a parent who could be her rock and would love her to pieces. In my mind, there was no other option.”

In his post, Johnson said that finding the “Life of Dad” page truly helped him realize that he was not alone as a single father.

He wrote:

“From the very deepest depths of my heart and mind I want to thank each and everyone of you. If I could personally shake your hand, I’d probably just hug each of you. This will be something I will always remember and cherish for the rest of my life. I’ll be saving all of this. I can’t even begin explain how much this means. You’ve all really lifted up a guy who was just trying to be the best Father he could be. I’m indebted to each of you. Thank you.”