30 Day Photo Challenge Blog - Day 16

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.
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    So sad to hear that. It must be the biggest loss for you!
    But why did you give up your photo challenge? You got so far already!

    Good luck!
    2465 days ago
    MY dad is my inspiration too.
    2565 days ago
    Very nice blog. I, too, lost my dad 4 years ago....his first heart attack took the nicest man out of my life :( Devastating when you're a daddy's girl too. I feel your pain. He wasn't even 50 yet...that should have been my wake up call then, but I was an emotional wreck to even understand everything. But, slowly, I'm taking back my life in my hands. I don't know if you watch the Biggest Loser on tv, but it was my first time last night. Of course they surprised one of the participants by having her father there. I pretty much was balling the whole episode...especially when he said "One day I hope to walk you down the aisle". I really wish my dad could see my progress....but I know he's out there encouraging me....our guardian angels! :) emoticon
    2574 days ago
    My heart goes out to you. Not trying to make you sad but looking at the picture of you giving him a little kiss on the cheek made my eyes well up with tears. You can see how much he loves you. You are such an inspiration to me and just want you to know that even though you handle discussing his memory so well, I am praying for you tonight. Thank you for sharing such a personal story. emoticon
    2578 days ago
    I just lost my dad 3 months to the day and can very much relate to you on how much love and respect you have for yours. I know your daddy is proud of how far you have come. I come to your page often for inspiration. Keep up all the good work. Your amazing!
    2611 days ago
    Your dad sounds like he was an absolutely incredible person. What a beautiful way to remember him.
    2629 days ago
    You're dad sounds like a wonderful human being. I can see why he's your inspiration.
    2632 days ago
    My father passed away when he was 64, and I was only 21. This April will mark his 4 year death anniversary. Smoking wasn't my father's downfall but drinking was. I am from the caribbean and our whole family is really huge on the whole drinking thing! He suffered his first heart attack when he was 61 and really made an effort to change his lifestyle. His health issues is one of the forerunners in fighting harder to get healthy myself. No one in my family lives long, but I plan too! Great blog...has me thinking about why I started this journey, and why it is even more important for to finish it! Thanks! emoticon
    2635 days ago
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