As I discussed last week, I am very grateful for my entire family. Each person has had an impact on my life and is wonderful in their own way. Today, however, I will be writing about how thankful I am for my awesome dad.
My dad is one of the kindest, funniest, and most strong-willed people I know. He can come across as a quiet and reserved person at times, but he loves meeting people and striking up conversations. He has a heart of gold and everyone around him sees that.
You can always count on my dad to choose optimism over pessimism, no matter what the circumstances are. He is a firm believer in trusting that everything will work out the way it’s supposed to. He always tells me that as long as you work hard and you can say that you are doing your best, you’re headed in the right direction and should be proud of the process. My dad loves the phrase “whatever it takes” (it’s even on the back of his business card). He frequently uses this phrase in our conversations, just to remind me to keep working towards my goals. He always taught me that if something important to you, you will do whatever it takes to make sure it is done well. His optimism and work ethic inspire me every day.
My dad always makes people laugh, although he doesn’t really consider himself to be a funny person (even though he is). From making funny faces across the dinner table, to really bad puns, to practicing his “silly-walk” for walking me down the aisle (oh how my dad enjoys his Monty Python references), he is always able to make me laugh. He never fails to make people smile, which is one of his best qualities.
My dad has always supported and guided me through everything in life. He encourages me to work hard and to be the best person I can be. He has always had my back, even when I’ve been in the wrong. He has always showed me unconditional love and has demonstrated love and kindness towards people he cares about. My dad is truly an incredible person and I am so lucky to have been raised by such a great man. I am thankful for all of the memories we’ve had together; the late night talks when he would get home from work, driving me to school, all of the funny pictures or inspirational quotes he sends when I’m stressed out during exam season….and mostly, I’m thankful for him just being my dad and being there for me and my family. I will always be grateful for his influence, encouragement, and love.
And that concludes week 4 of the gratitude challenge! I say this every week, but I have really been loving this challenge so far and I hope that you all have been enjoying my posts.
Who in your family are you grateful for? Would you participate in this challenge? I’d love to hear your thoughts!