WITH MY DAD’S FILM CAMERA
As some of you may know, I lost my dad in December of 2013. It’s been quite the journey learning how grief works – having it melt away for a little while and rear it’s ugly head the next, almost making it hard to breathe. Father’s Day is always a difficult time, but I’ve learned to celebrate quietly in my own little way. To take pride in the lessons he taught me for the 28 years that I had him. Some people are just born to do things – play baseball, to be a leader.. My dad? He was born to be a father. I miss him every single day. I couldn’t be more proud to be half of his make-up, to have his eyes, his hands, and so much of his personality and drive.
Here are 15 lessons that have stuck with me that I learned from him.
- Learn people’s names. Remember them. It matters.
- When you give out hugs, squeeze. You release more love that way.
- Don’t deny your sweet tooth.
- Nothing is free.
- There are better things to talk about than other people.
- Think Big, Be Big.
- Embrace your sensitivity. It’s a beautiful thing to be soft.
- Handwritten notes can last forever. Write more of them.
- Be humble. Always.
- Something can always come from nothing.
- Speak with purpose.
- Never settle for anything less than great big love.
- An independent, strong woman can move mountains.
- Treat yourself.
- If you don’t know the answer, go look for it.