5 life lessons learned from Dad

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For Mother’s Day, I shared five life lessons that I learned from my mom. It’s only fitting that I celebrate Father’s Day with five lessons learned from dear ol’ dad, right?

(Sorry, I’ve been on a list kick recently. It’s how my brain works. Everything is organized inside my head.)

  1. You have to work for what you want. My dad rarely takes a day off and has always worked diligently to ensure that our family has everything that we could need. He works long, hard hours for his paycheck and taught the same to us. We weren’t handed things and it made us appreciate what we worked to earn.
  2. Perfectionism isn’t a bad thing. Sure, we can’t all get it right 100% of the time, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try. My dad rewarded us for things like good grades, but if we came home with less than an A, he asked why. What happened? In my career, I can’t help but go above and beyond sometimes to ensure that the best job is being done—and I’m pretty sure that no one would argue with that.
  3. Have a hobby. My dad loves to hunt, and while I certainly don’t share that fondness, I know that it makes him happy. It’s important to have a hobby that you enjoy and can make your escape.
  4. Don’t be afraid of a little PDA. Some people think that their parents being affectionate is gross, but my dad never hesitates to give my mom a hug or a kiss and I find it reassuring. All of these years later, he still adores her.
  5. Embrace the family that you’ve created. Everyone knows that family isn’t always the one that you’re born into. My dad’s parents have both passed and he doesn’t keep in close touch with his siblings, but he’s very close with my mom’s family. Family is so important, and sometimes it doesn’t matter if you’re related by blood.

I love you, Dad. Happy Father’s Day!

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