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The Light of My Life: Why My Father Means Everything to Me

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The Light of My Life: Why My Father Means Everything to Me

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I don’t know where I would be today if it weren’t for my father. As cliche as that may sound, it’s completely true; my dad has truly been the light of my life and been there through thick and thin to support me, give me advice, and help me succeed in every area of my life. There’s no one else on this planet that I trust more than him or depend on more when it comes to achieving goals, both big and small.

A Letter to My Dad
I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on just how much you’ve helped me grow into who I am today. The thing is, you didn’t do it all by yourself—my life wouldn’t be nearly as bright without your guidance. So thank you for all that you do. Thank you for teaching me how to be a man, for leading by example and showing me what it means to have integrity and work hard at something I love every day.

Remember the good times
I’ve always looked up to my father for his ability to weather tough times and come out on top. He taught me that if you’re in a bad situation, you don’t focus on it; instead, you learn from it and move forward. He worked two jobs during my high school years in order to support my siblings and me while our mother was busy working as a lawyer. Although he had little time, he tried his best to be present in all other aspects of my life.

Talk about your favorite memories with your family
I am blessed with an amazing family. Sayyad my hero and my best friend. She has been there for me through everything, even those times when I don’t deserve it. I used to tell her she would be a good grandmother one day because she is so good with kids. We both loved that idea, but it didn’t happen as quickly as we wanted because we were having too much fun just being us together in life. Then boom!

Play with dad
Even though I can hardly remember a time when my dad wasn’t there for me, it still doesn’t feel like he was around enough. There were long periods when I was a kid that his job as an executive at a large corporation kept him away from home more than I would have liked. We never had much money and so we didn’t do much traveling or go on fun family outings that most other kids got to experience with their fathers.

Go fishing with dad
I could see him standing by his fishing rod, and I wanted so badly to go with him. But my mother told me I couldn’t, because it was getting late. But Mummy! I protested. I want to go fishing with Daddy! She gave me a hug, and she started telling me about something else we were going to do that day. But she looked sad when she said it; she didn’t sound excited like she normally did.

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Get outside with dad
There’s no better way to strengthen your relationship with your father than by doing things together that are physically active. Hiking, kayaking, biking, canoeing, and horseback riding are all great activities you can do with your dad—and they’re all a fun way for you and your dad to bond. Plus, physical activity has been shown to lead to decreased body fat (especially belly fat), increased muscle mass, lower blood pressure and improved cholesterol levels.

Camping with dad
In honor of Father’s Day, I want to take a moment to recognise my father. He is truly my inspiration, and he is my reason for everything that I do in life. When I was young, Dad was always there when I needed him. When things got tough at school or on the playing field, he helped me overcome obstacles by encouraging me and pushing me to reach further than what seemed possible.

Create memories together as a family
Although family vacations are among many people’s favorite childhood memories, finding time for them can be difficult for families with busy schedules. Even so, it’s important that your children build lasting bonds with grandparents and other relatives. Here are a few ideas to get you started

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