Today we get to celebrate Dads, so in honor of my Dad, I’ve put together the best 10 lessons I have learned from mine:
10. Keep laughing
Anyone that knows my Dad, knows that he can make just about everybody laugh and somehow manages to makes everyone feel ‘at ease’. His redneck jokes and solid delivery kept things funny around a house full of women growing up (which we needed in a house overflowing with estrogen).
9. Don’t forget dessert
My Dad knows how to enjoy the tasty things in life. In fact, I do not think he will ever give up sweets or the simple joy of an ice cold coke and hotdog from Costco (can’t say I blame him…).
8. Lower your expectations
One of the best pieces of advice I ever got from my Dad was to “lower my expectations and you won’t be disappointed’. It sounds negative, which it is not meant to be, but it is very true. So many times in life we have expectations of situations or people and are sadly disappointed because those expectations go unrealized or ignored. So if you don’t want to be disappointed, expect less and be pleasantly surprised when it turns out better than you planned.
7. Do something that makes you happy
My Dad always encouraged me to pursue a career in something I love. He never pressured us to hold a certain title or get a certain degree, but has always pushed us to just follow our heart. So here I am, just doing something I love.
6. Buy a riding lawnmower
OK, so, my parents live in an area with a relatively spacious backyard (hello, people, in Dutch standards it’s basically a small farm). All that to say, the countless hours and days my Dad has spent outside mowing the lawn in the TEXAS HEAT and the amount of tree stumps he has run over with his push lawnmower has taught me a very valuable lesson: BUY A RIDING LAWNMOWER.
5. Let a professional do your brake job
My Dad has always been very willing to help us with car maintenance (which we are forever grateful for). However, I specifically remember a time my Dad did a ‘brake job’ on my car and afterwards it kept making this dying animal sound every time I would brake. I told him I thought there was something wrong, to which he reassured me there was not. Fast forward a couple weeks later… Dad is driving my car through a Wendy’s Drive-thru when low and behold, he steps on the brakes and the car does not stop *cue emergency brake*. Lesson learned: go to a professional.
4. Be patient
My Dad has to be one of the most patient people I have ever meant. I’d like to think I have inherited some of his patience (still to be seen), but in any case, it is an extremely admirable quality that has made me appreciate him more (especially when it comes to tagging along whilst shopping…).
3. Support your spouse
My Dad has always supported my Mom, in every season of life. Which has been a wonderful example of a healthy marriage for us to model and look up to.
2. Love your family
I never questioned my Dad’s priorities growing up. He was always there to tuck us in, pick us up, watch me play basketball and even help me during that clarinet phase (yes, that was sort of cool then…).
1. Love the Lord
My Dad has devoted his life to ministry. I have seen the ‘behind the scenes’ of this part of my parents’ world and have always admired their commitment to their calling.
Happy Father’s Day, Dad.
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