The other day I had to fix my laptop, a mundane task. However, throughout the process I heard my dad’s voice telling me what to do and how to fix it and even to back up everything just before I wiped it accidentally. A lucky escape! This got me thinking, my dad taught me how to fix a laptop but he also taught me many other things that have shaped my view on the world and how I conduct myself. I never really acknowledged some of these things until now but it seems appropriate to make a post just over two years after his death to show how he really did affect and teach me things that would last a lifetime. This is a list of things my father taught me and that I am still trying to use in my everyday life.
Things I learnt from my father:
- Never make excuses. You either have a good reason or you don’t.
- Don’t bullshit anyone and eventually they will stop bullshitting you. Only do this if you are willing to take people’s true opinions.
- Respect yourself completely.
- Even the longest and darkest nights end.
- Earn people’s respect. Then work to keep it.
- Never break a promise.
- Prepare for the worst but hope for the best.
- You will end up where you need to be, just trust yourself and enjoy the journey.
- Don’t tempt fate.
- Friends are common, good friends are rare and enemies are earned.
- Stand up for what you believe in even if you stand by yourself. The buck stops with you.
- You’ll go through hell…
- but sometimes life is very very good.
- The world doesn’t owe you anything. Work for it.
- If you love someone, show them.
- Offer no context. The people who matter don’t need it and no one else will listen anyway.
- Always apologise for your temper, especially when you lose it.
- Love what you do.
- Follow your dreams while you are young, while you can.
- Stop worrying.