This post is dedicated to my Dad.
My Dad and I have always had a great relationship (even during those dreaded teen years). I'm not saying we didn't have our issues, but we always worked through them. Though I may not have agreed with his wisdom (I was a teen after all), I always knew he came from a place of love and experience.
I enjoy spending time with Dad. When I was younger, he would take my brother and me to the golf course with him. At the time, I'm sure we complained about it ("It's too hot!" "It's too cold!"). Looking back now, I value the time we spent together. I also had the joy of witnessing his hole-in-one.
We also walked a lot. I treasure those times as well because it allowed us to talk. We'd talk about work, school, friends, and so on. Though we live in different states now, we still talk several times a week.
One of the important lessons Dad taught me was that it's never too late to change what you do in life, though you may have to work hard for it. Just about the time I started college, Dad decided to get his CPA license. Though he already had a degree, he still needed to take a few classes to meet the accounting requirements before taking the CPA exam. He worked a full-time job and took night courses. He would then come home and study, study, study. After a couple of years of hard work, he completed the required courses. After prepping for the CPA exam, he took it and passed with flying colors. I learned that if you really want something, hard work and sacrifice are required, but the results are worth it.
This is just one of many lessons I learned from my Dad. He's always been generous, forgiving, encouraging and loving. I hope to pass these lessons to my children.
Thanks Dad! I love you!