It’s Father’s Day. And in the spirit of being fair, since I wrote this type of post for my mother, I wanted to go over the things that my father has taught me.
My dad has been busting his butt for years. He still does. You’d think at 70 he could slow down, but he still gives every job his all. He never half-asses anything or takes the easy way. Even at home, he’ll work for hours in the yard or out in the garage.
This taught me to give my best in my career and with any task that I take on. I actually feel bad when I don’t give something my best effort. And I believe, we both do this because we believe that if you work hard it will be rewarded.
Treat Elders with Respect
I said this about my mom as well, but my dad has shown me countless examples of befriending and helping out older people. He taught me the value and joy gained by being friends with those older than you, and how your life will improve if you pay attention to their wisdom and experience.
My dad spent his whole life going from one job to another, and he did that because he always believed that there was a better life out there. He gave my sister and I a great upbringing. Did we work our ways through hard times? Sure. But he would always dust himself off, keep trying and keep searching for ways to make his and his family’s lives better.
I too am always searching for a better life. I continually set goals and dream for better things and work my way towards them.
Be Proud of What You Own/See the Potential in Things
My parents purchased several, shall we say, less-than-stellar houses growing up and always by the time we moved out, they were beautiful homes. I’ve watched him bring a yard full of weeds into lush green grass complete with flower beds, bushes and trees. Never did inherit that green thumb from him though.
There is a Big World Out There
He may have taught me this by default, as he kept chasing an ever better job, but we moved, on average, every two years and I loved going to new places and meeting new people. I definitely chalk my gypsy soul up to him. But in the process, I have had the privilege of visiting and living in many different places across the United States.
I firmly believe that travel and experiencing things outside your own bubble makes you more knowledgeable and open minded.
Trying Something New
He’s never scared or thinks he’s too old to learn something new. At 70, he is learning how to groom dogs. He is also mastering how to text. I remember when I was younger, he learned how to macrame one summer, and he’s always had various carpentry projects going on.
If he finds something interesting, he doesn’t hesitate to jump in. He doesn’t seem to have that moment of doubt, that I sometimes have whenever approaching something new. His example reminds me I should be more secure in my intellect and abilities, and not miss out on something for fear of not being good at it.
Helping Others is Important
My mom, who in her own right is always ready to lend a hand to whoever needs it, has volunteered my dad for endless amounts of activities without asking him first, and I’ve never heard him complain about it. He just goes and does it. I chalk this up entirely to the fact that he is a generous person and really does see the value in helping out those in need.
I hope I always make you proud.
Love you, Dad!