Word has it that there is a special bond between a father and his daughter. To be honest, having a daughter sounds like a huge responsibility and requires a lot of commitment. Raising a daughter and moulding her into a strong woman who’d be able to face the world with confidence is never going to be an easy task but my father did exactly that. I’m very thankful for him, as he’s been a wonderful influence in my life. He’s always been there and he is my rock. This October, my father turns 52, and I’d like to take this opportunity to share with Lipstiq’s readers some of the many things he has taught me in life. Read on below!
To love sacrificially
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to do as much as my daddy does and has done for our family. He’s always ready to attend to our needs and troubles at any time of the day and he’s always just a phone call away. In time of emergencies, he drops everything from his busy schedule to come to our aid. The lengths he would go just to make sure we’re all okay gives us a sense of security, letting us know that he’s got our back no matter what. One day, I hope to love and protect my own family just as selflessly. Just like my father does.
To eat gloriously
No one knows how to eat better than my old man. The slightest mention of food will light his eyes up and he’d always be willing to travel just to eat. I cannot stress enough how greedy he is, but for this reason, I’m never picky with food and I’ve tried the best of everything Klang Valley has to offer. My point is, many women do not know how to indulge guilt-free and my old man has taught me to savour food in delight. I’ve learnt not to feel bad for eating. I eat whenever and whatever I want to.
To drive smart
Anyone can drive, but driving smart is an acquired skill. I’m horrible with directions, but my dad has taught me tons of shortcuts and alternative routes to take just in case there is bad traffic or unfortunate fender-benders I have to avoid on the road. If it hadn’t been for him, I would have wasted hours and hours being stuck in traffic and driving like a noob. Same goes for car maintenance! I now know how to monitor the car for any faults within the system, and change the oils if and when needed.
To stand my ground
My dad is hard-headed and very firm with his judgements. For this reason, he gives off strength and comes off as a little intimidating. Through the years, I’ve learnt to really stand up for myself, no matter what the situation may be. I’ve learnt to cultivate my personal power, to say “no” if something bothers me, and to fight for what I deem right. Make sure to never let people push you around and manipulate you. Be your own hero.
To take a chill pill
My father is the biggest prankster of all time and always has tricks up his sleeve. It annoys the hell out of my family all the time, but we always have a good laugh soon after and it makes me feel better if I had a bad day. This has definitely taught me one thing – don’t take life too seriously and learn to let go. Enjoy the little things and laugh whenever you can. My dad is a very busy man, but knowing that he finds joy in something lets me know he’s doing aye okay.