We're shocked that Robert Downey Jr. was so terrified about parenthood before his son Exton Elias was born this past February.
He does have an older son Indio, who's now 18, so being a father a second time around should come pretty natural to him.
Turns it, it doesn't.
Even though he says that "anticipation" and "fear" are normal parts of becoming a parent, he has other concerns too.
"There was all this trepidation, all this projection, all this anticipation and goodwill and a good vibe about it, but what you're squeezing to the side — or what's in the glove box — is these thousands of forms of fear. And then he was born and they've all just kind of scattered now. It seems like he's always been here.
I don't want to be so confident in myself. It's that balance between being relaxed enough to not be communicating anxiety and present enough to not be creating the very thing that you were anxious about by being so relaxed — because I've seen that parenting style, too.
Every dad casts a shadow, you know? And that shadow is you're disappointed, you're resentful, or you feel so supported and loved you don't understand why life is so hard anyway. Or, you know, it's so long and so dark that you can never step out of it, so you might as well not even try."
Whoa! Deep thoughts by Robert Downey! So far, you've done a great job as a father so why have doubts now?
We're sure you and your wife are going to make wonderful parents. Just soak it all in!
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