Happy Monday, everyone! This weekend was a great one, but the highlight was spending Sunday afternoon/evening with my Dad. The family headed over for dinner and game night and of course, we had a ball! I don’t just celebrate my Dad on Father’s Day, but having a special day set aside to do so is such a treat. Watching him enjoy his children and family really made my day. My Dad is an easy going guy; very even tempered, patient, and extremely hard working. He’s also the sweetest man I know and has taught me what to look expect from a husband. Being a man, it’s OK to be tough. But having and allowing your sweet and gentle side come across from time to time is important too.
I’m very thankful for my Dad’s tough and gentle nature. I remember living with my parents while in college; every morning Dad came in before leaving for work to say good morning and kiss me on the forehead goodbye. Some mornings I’d be like,
for real tho?! Lol…but I appreciated it so much and I know that he has and will always care. Sure, I get a good morning kiss and hello from hubs every morning, but I do miss my Dad in the morning every now and then. I could go on and on sharing memories and lessons, but here are the top 5 things Dad taught me.
1. Dare to be Different. Following the crowd has never been my style, and I get that from my Dad. In high school he drilled this in my head and although I didn’t always get it then, now I do. And I’m so glad I’m a traveler of the road less traveled. Not only has it gotten me pretty far in life, but it’s also made me a wiser person.
2. Raise Your Hand. This one is pretty simple, yet something I’m still learning to do. My Dad (and Mom) have always been there for me and have provided me with whatever I need to succeed. However, at times I find it difficult to ask for help. Especially from my parents. I think sometimes I want to be so strong and handle everything on my own that I forget that having parents is a blessing. They’re there to help and make life a little easier. Of course I’d never take advantage of them, but when I need help (with anything) I know I can raise my hand and ask. I may not get the exact help I want, but I always get the help I need.
3. If it Makes You Happy, Do it. Over the past few years there have been a few tough decisions I’ve made and thanks to my Dad, I was able to make them. I sometimes find myself concerned with what others may think or how they may feel about certain decisions. However thanks to my Dad, I have learned that I have to make me happy first. I have to live with the decisions I make. And as long as I’m not hurting anybody, doing what’s best for me is the best option. Period.
4. Be Consistent. My Dad is the most constant person I know. Like, for real. He’s been the same kind, gentle, patient, yet strong man ever since I can remember. He’s also always worked hard and provided his family with the best. The older I get, I’ve learned that being consistent is something rare these days. While this may be true, being consistent never goes out of style. Just ask my Dad.
5. Enjoy Life. As hard as he works, my Dad enjoys life. He enjoys traveling, getting a relaxing manicure and pedicure (my Dad stays fresh), and just relaxing and chilling at home. I’ve learned that life gets busy and life is too short not to enjoy it. Vacations, staycations and moments to woo-shah are key to staying happy…and living a better quality of life.
So tell me, what has your Dad taught you? Let me know!
I’ll be resuming the Personal Style linkup tomorrow, so be sure to come back and check it out. Until then, be blessed and stay safe…XO!
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