I grew up without my father in the home…and while I refuse to use that as a crutch or cop-out, I will not pretend that it doesn’t matter. I will not pretend that fathers aren’t needed in the home…I will not pretend that not having a strong male figure in your life doesn’t add struggle to your circumstance. But I made a choice to live in spite of my plight…I made a choice to battle and overcome the odds. Who we are is comprised of our inherited genetics, our environmental experiences, and who we choose to be. What do you choose?