Alvin: Who are you, what do you do, and what do you enjoy most about it?
Eric: Who am I? I am a Child of God, a man, a dad and a husband, a friend to some, a sibling to none, and a new uncle. I’m currently between gigs right now, so in between my looking for work I have been blogging and freelance writing very vigorously. What I enjoy most about it is being able to touch people with my words, either by informing, reaffirming or inspiring them.
Alvin: What hobbies do you enjoy most?
Eric: Despite my undergrad Ivy League experience and my graduate degree, I enjoy working with my hands the most. I like to renovate, I build things. Thanks to my father I have a hands-on understanding for how most things work mechanically. I enjoy photography and planting vegetables with my daughter. I also enjoy physical fitness because I guess you could say I am building myself.
Alvin: What has been the best experience so far with the “Bye-Bye Back Fat Project”?
Eric: The moment I discovered I was within striking distance of my goal — that was my moment of jubilation. I am down 25 pounds from 205 and a few pounds away from my goal of 173 – 175 pounds. I feel reborn, I feel young and spry and full of energy to keep up with my two kids.
Alvin: What do you like most about being a father?
Eric: What I enjoy most about being a father is being able to care, nurture and protect my kids. This takes multiple forms. I enjoy going to my son’s games. I love reading with my daughter. I love kissing and wiping away her tears when she has a boo boo. I enjoy fighting on my son’s behalf at his school (he suffers from ADD). No matter how draining this all can be at times I absolutely love it.
Alvin: What has been your largest step to manhood?
Eric: The largest pill to swallow – step to make is to understand that as a man there are going to be times that I have to stand or walk alone on my beliefs and principles and that I’m not going to get the approval of the extemporaneous people in my life. But if you seek the approval of others on your principles, ethics, standards, etc. you are asking for trouble and believe me I know this from experience.
Alvin: What has been the best advice you’ve received about being a man?
Eric: From my father: Don’t sweat the small stuff. Don’t dwell on the mistakes of the past. Acknowledge them, learn from them and move forward. (And try not to make them again).