My Dad’s story is awesome in many ways. Not because of fame, or fortune, but because of the beautiful way he lives life and the example he lives before my eyes. I think his life can be a lesson to many who think that they are too old, uneducated or busy to live life to the fullest. My father’s life proves that those things have absolutely no bearing in what one man can accomplish with a pioneer spirit and hard work.
My dad dances, creates, fails – and fails again, loves children, loves pets, is loyal to a fault, lives without fear and never stops learning – even at 80 as he masters his Amazon storefront.
And believe it or not, that’s just the beginning.
But before this sounds like we had a perfect relationship, I want to speak as a son – to all the dads out there saying to themselves, “I wish my child thought this” – the truth is, he probably does or did at some point.
I went through a few stages of loving (and terribly disliking) my dad and I want to share them with you:
- 0-5 years old: My dad is superman.
- 6-10 years old: My dad is superman, with rules.
- 11-15 years old: My dad is so uncool, get away from me.
- 16-20: My dad is my enemy. (I had the nerve to curse my dad out to his face)
- 21-25: My dad knows nothing, I tolerate him.
- 26-30: My dad was so right, crap. I should be nice to him.
- 31-35: My dad is awesome.
- 36- : My dad is my mentor and I can’t spend enough time with him.
Why did it take me so long to see how great he was? The truth is, I always thought he was great. But I think at some point, I wanted to make him proud and as I let him down, I got bitter and pulled away. It took maturity, prayer and my own fatherhood to tear down the walls.
I have learned a lot from my dad – and I still am learning. Lessons that I will pass on to my sons and many stories I will share on these pages and beyond. But for now, while I still am blessed to have him here with me today – I want him to know that he inspires me daily, sorry I was a jerk for 25 years, I love you Papi!
Happy Fathers Day!