We learn just as much from our fathers as we do from our mothers. Sometimes, the lessons are the same, sometimes very different.
My penfriend Eileen V. wrote a list of 10 things her father taught her on the back of a postcard featuring a beautiful lavender field.
My father taught me:
- to enjoy traveling and enjoy nice food
- to learn languages
- to take up conversation with strangers and foreigners
- to listen well
- to play tennis
- to go sailing
- to read lots of books and play Lego
- how to tie a bow
- to enjoy and cherish silence/quietness/tranquility/solitude
- to respect life, animals and nature
You may have already read about my awesome dad in a tribute I wrote a couple of years ago, but in case you need a reminder, here’s a succinct list of some of the things I learned from my father.
- You have a “right” to your own truth. Speak it.
- Don’t quit. Stick it out. Finish what you start.
- Get a formal education and never stop learning.
- In any way you can, be there for family and friends.
- Question everything.
- Take care of your things.
- Argue your point, but don’t lose friends over it.
- Celebrate life and accomplishments.
- Take time for music. Don’t just dance or sing along; listen to it
- Be a good, honest person and look for the good in others.
- Know your worth and accept nothing less.
- When the going gets tough, get tougher.
- Relax the rules sometimes. A donut for breakfast every once in a while won’t hurt. 😉
So many essential lessons, and that isn’t all, of course! What have you learned from your father?
To all the fathers reading this–
[the only way you’ll find “me” cutting grass–in a bitmoji] 😀