Ever since I was little, I remember my dad being the type of person who always strives to learn more and to inspire others. I have a very vivid memory of being a teenager and rolling my eyes at my dad when he tried to get me to read inspirational books like The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, thinking it was a waste of my time and a silly thing for a teenager to spend time reading. Looking back at that moment now, I am mentally kicking myself for not listening to him. For thinking I was too young to better myself and how I spend my time.
Last night, as I began reading the book The Power of Starting Something Stupid, I noticed that the individual who wrote the forward for the book was the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. I laughed a little inside, because from what I had read from the reviews of the book, it seemed like one that my dad would enjoy reading. And, clearly it would be since the individual who wrote rave reviews about it in the forward is an author that my dad respects.
It was at that moment that a lightbulb went off in my head. There are many things that make me my father's daughter. Our matching chin dimples, my relatively normal height (as I am extremely glad I inherited some of his 6'4 genes in combination with my mom's 5'1 genes), our desire to stay as organized as possible, and our shared love of drawing and painting. However, two aspects about myself that I thought were either self-discovered or that had blossomed after this past year of introspection, is that I am truly driven each day to inspire others and to learn more from others. I'm not sure what took me so long to put two and two together, but it became abundantly clear to me upon starting The Power of Starting Something Stupid that I learned/inherited those traits from my dad, and I could not be more proud.
So, happy Father's Day, dad! Sorry that I rolled my eyes at you about a million times when I was little. But, I promise that I will be excited to listen to any advice you have to give in the future. Love you.