In honor of father’s day and getting to spend some much needed time with my parents this weekend during their visit in Charlotte, I want to share 10 of the most important things my dad has taught me.
- Morning people are the best people. If you ever find yourself at the YMCA at 5:30am, you’ll learn why.
- Never ask anyone to do anything you aren’t willing to do yourself. This especially goes for those who have people reporting up to them.
- Shake it off. Whether you skinned your knee or someone said something mean, complaining isn’t worth the time or effort.
- Nothing beats a hand written letter. Thanks to my dad, I received one every single month I was in college.
- It’s ok to indulge. Ice cream counts as a favorite food.Yes, I did eat it almost every single night growing up and no, I didn’t sacrifice my health because of it.
- Never judge. I am terrible at this, but my dad is NOTORIOUS for assuming the best out of everyone’s intentions.
- It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Establishing and maintaining genuine relationships are not only important, but essential.
- Music is important. He never played an instrument, but required it from me. Now I am thankful because not only can I play anything from the marimba to the piano, but I appreciate a variety of musical genres that most do not.
- Giving is more important that receiving. He let me pay for breakfast not because he expected it, but because he knows it was important for me.
- With God, it is possible to have it all. He has a killer life complete with a loving family, the ability to run each day, the opportunity to explore the world and a home to return to.