We all have had numerous instructors, mentors, teachers and professors in our life.
In my case, the list starts with my pre-school teachers, followed by my swimming instructors, tennis coaches, elementary, middle and high school teachers, university professors, my mentors at work…
I am sure you get the point. The list can go on forever.
Each of us has a group of people who have helped us mold our path, develop our personal skills and learn how to best go about doing this thing called life. Without these people and their guidance, we would most likely not be who (or where) we are today.
However, although I would argue teachers, mentors and professors have one of the most important roles in the world, there is one fatal flaw in the system. For the most part, these people are transient.
With this, I mean that the time that one can spend with them always seems to be limited in some way. Limited by the duration of a school year, or the interest in a particular sport or an instrument, the duration of a work term or the physical boundaries between countries, states or oceans that eventually come to separate us.
Fortunately, there are exceptions to this trend.
There is one figure in particular who has been there throughout our lives, without expecting anything in return and with an unconditional dedication and passion for our personal growth and development.
He has never known physical boundaries, contract durations, or has expected anything in return for his teachings and support.
This figure is an instructor who provides knowledge from all backgrounds, on all topics. A mentor who can help one get through the roughest times and give the best advice in moving forward. A professor who is capable of teaching the most basic and also the most complex secrets of life.
This person is my dad (and your dad!)
Now, I don’t want to go overly- sappy on this post, but I truly believe Fathers Day (and Mothers Day!) is an important time for everyone to reflect on the invaluable role that fathers play in our lives as mentors and lifelong teachers.
No matter what your relationship with your father is like, you have probably learned a few things from him. As years go by, my father has become one of my biggest role models and has taught me the best life lessons.
Here are my top five:
1. A healthy body is a healthy mind.
2. Hard times and struggles only make us stronger.
3. Dedication and hard work always pays off.
4. It is okay to change your mind, and be unsure of your direction at times. As long as you are happy and passionate about what you are doing, everything works out in the end.
5. You have the potential to achieve anything you set your mind to. The secret lies in giving it a try and stepping out of your comfort zone, always.
So this Sunday, I encourage you all to take some time to reflect on some of the most important things that you have learned from your father.
To my dad, and all the amazing fathers out there, Happy Fathers Day. One day is not enough to thank you for all you have done for us- thank you for always being awesome.
Te quiero mucho Pa!