This is an archived blog from when I ran Conscious Public Relations Inc. from 2008-2018. Excuse the potential outdated-ness!
I pushed and I learned a lot about myself this past week and there is always more I will have to figure out. But if not for my father and my grandfather before him, I wouldn’t be here. So today is all about him.
On the Capilano Suspension bridge with my dad, 1988
1. Don’t cry over spilled milk
He may have said it in his sleep, but the point is that we despair over little things. Life is to be lived, not to create drama.
2. Master’s Degrees are not to boast about
When we were younger my mom made a big deal about people with Master’s and Doctorate degrees. Then about 11 years ago when I was clearing my dad’s basement as a favour, I found his Master’s Degree. And he made it not a big deal. When I asked my mom why she never told us he had one, she had forgotten about it. But I thought about how smart my dad was in that moment but that it wasn’t something to brag about. Like my grandfather, he isn’t the type of person to treat people or himself differently because of status or wealth.
3. Don’t get involved in other people’s drama
My dad lives a pretty quiet life. In high school there was a point when I was not getting along with the international student living in our house. I thought it concerned me because of the communication coming at me, but I should have really stayed away from it and focused on my own life. I went against my dad’s advice to stay away, and I learned through its consequences.
I have a sweet tooth just like my dad. Even though I am staying away from sugar right now I know how to savour something good when I have it. It is all about acknowledging what is. Go ahead and eat that pie or that cupcake. It’s good. Acknowledge it.
Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there!