30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 13

Day 13: Something Old

Though he isn’t that old, 48 years young, I’m thankful for my dad. I derived my work ethic and creativity from him, he taught me how to read and drive — plus a whole bunch of other things, — and he gives the best life advice. I don’t know who I’d be without him. (Fun fact: My first word was “dad” and I thought I had two dads at the time because I just loved him so much.) Just the other day we were talking about the meaning of grit and its role in life! He has and always will be the best resource in my life but I just love him as a person.

Speaking of his character, I’m amazed at who he’s become over the past few years. That’s right. My dad’s still developing as a person. He used to be overweight and he got so sick and tired of sucking his gut in, disliking what he saw in the mirror, and so on. Through sheer will, he lost 30-40 pounds and has kept it off since. It’s not a diet anymore for him, it’s a lifestyle.

Seeing his attitude and confidence shift has been amazingly heartwarming. It’s truly nobling to me to watch him develop and come into his soul. I feel beyond blessed to have such a positive and heartwarming presence in my life everyday. Actually, he’s always made it a point to make time for my brother and I. He fears what will become of us if he backs out of our lives.

That’s why, even though he’s unemployed and his hands are a little tied, he doesn’t want to take on a job that’d prevent him from spending time with us. I can’t even properly explain how badass that is to put your loved ones first and career second.

However, I pray to God that he can find a job soon because, even though he’s fine, he’s still a bit unhappy with having nothing to do other than work out at the gym, cook, and apply for jobs. I know he can land one, it’s just a matter of when.

~Live boundless.

P.S. What are some old things in your lovely lives that you’re grateful for? Let me know in the comments below!

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