>>>For twenty two and a half years of my life, I’ve been looking up to my dad. Not just as my father, but as a friend, leader and role model. I mean, it doesn’t take a genius to realize not all guys could handle living in a house with five overly dramatic, loud and insane women (me included.) My dad has never once complained about having all girls, but instead, kept up with our craziness with love. He accepts and embraces that every single family vacation will revolve around shopping, that chick flicks dominate the television , that the laundry will inevitably be full of bras, skirts and dresses, that our dinner conversations never once discuss sports or anything that interests him. Today, although I’m not celebrating with him in person, I’m remembering how truly blessed I am to have him in my life. Happy Father’s Day Dad!
>>>My dad is a true and living example that hard work and dedication are key in life and that’s something he has definitely taught me since I was a little girl. My dad would give absolutely everything he has and would (and does) work day in and day out to make sure our family is happy and supported. He loves me unconditionally and thinks the world of me, even after I’ve majorly messed up or made a dumb decision. My dad expects higher and better things from me – and pushes me to be the absolute best person I can be.
Last year on Father’s Day I shared a post explaining a few reasons why I appreciate and love my dad. Dad, thank you for being my #1 fan, for putting others over yourself, for singing The Beatles and Eric Clapton to me, for driving me to school every day when I was younger, for watching me move across the country, for family vacations, for reminding me that physical appearances are not important, for for being realistic and practical, for supporting me mentally, spiritually, financially, emotionally and physically. Thank you for loving me and being such an influential and amazing person. Below is a list I found online where a father shares life lessons to his daughter – and it completely reminded me of a few lessons I’ve already learned from my dad. Enjoy!
25 Life Lessons for my Daughter:
- When posing for any photos, assume that the only people who will see them are me, your mother, your boss, and the dean of admissions.
- Lennon, not McCartney. Keith, not Mick. Page, not Plant.
- Life is too short not to order the fries.
- Never date a man who is rude to waiters, doesn’t say “bless you” when you sneeze, or won’t offer you his jacket when you’re cold.
- Never order drinks that are pink or come with an umbrella in them. Don’t be fancy.
- Don’t worry about being popular. The “weird” kids are much more fun and will end up being your most interesting friends. Also, when it comes to friends, you can’t trump quality with quantity. Choose wisely.
- Give charitably, generously, and anonymously.
- Crocs are for people who have given up on life.
- Never cheat. Not on exams, the crossword puzzle, or your boyfriend.
- If you love someone, tell them. Don’t hold back.
- It may be a small world but it’s a huge planet. Grab every opportunity to see as much of it as you possibly can. Most people don’t.
- Keep your eye on the ball and follow through, both in sports and in life.
- Speaking of sports, pick a team and stick with them. There are few things more important in life than loyalty. It’s a dying trait currently in short supply.
- Never regret staying home alone with a good book.
- If you feel the need to reinvent yourself, at least be original. No tattoos unless you’re in the armed forces. No body piercings unless you become a pre-Columbian tribal Aztec. No orange hair unless you join the circus.
- Learn from the bad as well as the good. Fall down, make a mess, break something occasionally. And always remember that the story is never over.
- Don’t make a scene.
- Learn how to entertain yourself. Close the door, crank up the stereo, and dork out. Invent new dance moves. Play the air guitar. Practice your touchdown moves. Too many people are self conscious even when they’re alone. Don’t be one of those people.
- While you’re at it, learn how to laugh at yourself.
- When you realize that everyone comes from a dysfunctional family, life gets a little easier and you feel a little less crazy. The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well.
- Thank you notes are to be written promptly by hand on personal stationery. E-mails, phone calls and text messages don’t count.
- Remember that nice guys do finish first. If you don’t know that, then you don’t know where the finish line is.
- Learn to cook one thing really well.
- Happiness is not fame, money or power. The key to life is finding your sweet spot.
- Take every piece of advice anyone ever gives you with a grain of salt.