Today marks a very special day. It’s my dad’s 56th birthday and as I write this I’m back home visiting him for it.
Inevitably, I know that Dad will be reading this post at some point. He is my biggest supporter, after all.
Whether it’s today, on your birthday, or tomorrow after I leave – I write this post in full awareness of the fact that you will be reading it, Dad… So, happy birthday!
In honour of you, on your birthday, I thought I would write a fun little post of three things you’ve taught me. I don’t think you’d consider yourself a wise person per se, but I happen to think you’re one of the cleverest people I know.
IT DOESN’T COST ANYTHING TO BE NICE
One of the most pivotal things I’ve learnt from my dad is that it costs absolutely nothing to be nice. He’s always stopping to let people walk ahead of him and saying ‘G’day’ to everyone he sees, as well as going above and beyond for his friends and family. Dad is one hundred percent the nicest person I’ve ever met and I’m always striving to be more like him in that way.
FAMILY IS EVERYTHING
While we don’t have the biggest family, my dad is always preaching the importance of treasuring the family you do have. He’s the kind of person that visits his parents at least once a week and is always texting his children to see that they’re doing okay – and following up in case we’ve forgotten to respond. When my pop went overseas, Dad moved in with my nan for six weeks to help out around the house and keep an eye on her, and he’s always had that loyalty to his parents that I find really inspiring. When his aunt was away for a few months, he went over and fed her cat every single day – without question! I know that if my nan and pop were ever in a bind or needed help they would call my dad first, because they know he would drop everything for them, which I’m sure must be a comforting feeling for him [it certainly is for me!].
ALWAYS GIVE MORE THAN YOU TAKE
If there’s one thing my dad is generous with, it’s his time. He’s always going the extra mile for his friends and family, and always thinking up new ways of how he can be of service to them. He’s happy to have an hour long conversation on a Saturday morning with me and then go and spend three hours helping his friend fix his computer. He’ll then go over to my nan and pops house and help them with their internet, and finish that up with a follow-up text to me asking how I went with x, y or z. Dad has always inspired me to do more and give more to the people around me, and it’s something I work towards all the time.
HAPPY 56TH BIRTHDAY DAD!
I’d love to know some things your dad has taught you! Let’s chat about it in the comments below.