My dad, in addition to my husband, my dog and my grandpa, is the best guy I know (it’s a happy coincidence we’re also related). Admittedly, we drive one another insane sometimes, but as I have gotten older I have come to realize that’s mostly because there’s a lot of my dad’s best/most frustrating qualities reflected in me. A disagreement can go on for days between us because we’re both [obviously] right. My no bullshit way of dealing with things is a direct reflection of the matter-of-fact subject-line emails I receive from pops on the regular telling me I owe him money, I did my taxes wrong, I need to ___. Strong, resilient and fiercely loyal, my dad has taught me A LOT about life:
- First and perhaps most important, life isn’t fair. Find a way to deal with it.
- Love and family are life’s greatest gifts. Celebrate both whenever you can.
- Don’t expect handouts from anyone. Work Hard. Earn it. Demand it.
- Forgiveness sets you free.
- Leave your comfort zone. Travel. Explore. Find yourself.
- Be kind. Everyone is fighting a silent battle.
- Learn what’s important in life and never lose sight of it.
- Pray. However you do it, do it often.
- So many things in life are much bigger than you. Be humble.
- Always eat dessert, have pancakes on Sunday and say yes to ‘just one more’ cocktail (well, maybe I am teaching him that last one…)
Love you, pops, today and every other day of the year. Happy Day.