Friday, March 04, 2011
Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you.
Without a doubt my daddy! This is one of my favorite pictures I have with my dad. It was taken on March 4th 1989, so 17 years ago to the day. Today actually would have been my dad's 60th birthday. This very day we probably would have been having a huge party to celebrate his milestone birthday, somewhere filled with family and friends. Instead today is just another ordinary day, except maybe a bit sadder.
Anyway, my dad is and always will be my biggest inspiration. From a health/weight viewpoint, I'm so proud of all of the effort he put into trying to reclaim his health. Prior to his first heart attack he was a heavy smoker lived a more sedentary lifestyle and didn't pay attention to his diet whatsoever. A heart attack at 37 scared him enough to quit all of his bad habits immediately. He was adament and determined in reversing whatever damage was done to his heart and I know he really did do everything in his power to improve his health.
In general though, my dad inspires me so much because he lived the kind of life I hope to live one day. He enjoyed every day he was given and seized all opportunities which came is way. He was never someone to be held back by fear or insecurities. He simply did what he loved to do, experienced life to the fullest and did it all with a smile on his face. He was one of the most selfless, upbeat and well-grounded people I've ever known and of course I'll never forget his mischievious sense of humor (I don't think anyone who knew him will!) He was also a loyal friend and a dedicated family man and really valued the "right" things in life. I'll always remember how he made sure he was home every night to have dinner with my mom I and was home every weekend to take me on miscellanous "field trips". I hope at least to some degree, he knew how loved and appreciated he really was by not only me, but basically everyone who knew him so well.