Life Lessons I Learned From my Daddy

Today, my Daddy would have been 54. Not a day goes by that my heart doesn't ache for him, but it's days like today that make it almost unbearable. Instead of reflecting on the grief, today I choose to celebrate the amazing man I called Daddy. The older I get, the more I realize just how much he shaped who I am today.

Today, I choose to focus on all the ways he changed my life, both directly and indirectly. Today, I choose to talk about the life lessons I learned from my daddy - some because he told me, some because he showed me, and others I've come to realize since I lost him four years ago. 

 

Don't forget to put the plug in the boat

Be there for those you love in good times and bad. Make the effort to travel to weddings, funerals, and births. Big life events require big live hugs. If you miss these moments, it could forever change the course of their life. 

When you have been through a tough time or two, you start to realize you are more resilient than you thought and no matter what happens, you can - and will - go on.

A hand shake and your word mean everything.

Be proud of your humble beginnings. Use them to work hard and build a good life for yourself and your family.

Work hard, but family comes first.

Being a Georgia sportsfan is heartbreaking and one of the cruelest things a person can do to him/herself. Do it anyway. (Shout out to the Bulldogs, Falcons, and Braves who have collectively broken more Georgians hearts than I can even imagine.)

How to change a tire and check the oil. They're important skills, even for a girl.

Vote.

Don't tell mom.

You're never too old to be Daddy's little girl. 

How to treat people with respect, even if they can't help you get something done.

Always be on time. Being late is disrespectful.

Always have a plan. 

Be tough, be firm, and always stand up for what you believe in.

Hard work pays off.

Always say "I love you" to those you love. Even if you think they know, they need to hear it. Don't leave words unsaid.