I know I am growing up and really starting to live on my own. I'm starting to fall, learn, and on occasion struggle... but I think I've done a pretty good job at being an adult so far. And I wouldn't be who I am today without someone like you.
Thank you for the lessons.
You have been saying things to me for years. You've planted seeds in my head that have grown into a beautiful mindset. You've taught me "a professional is an amateur that didn't quit." You set momentum in me that will go on for years.
You've also shown me "you are who you hang around." You have told me to surround myself with people that will bring me up. Successful people do not hang out with people that want to bring them down. I guess that means if I want to be successful, I need to be best friends with someone like you.
The most important lesson you have shown me is "Stay positive. You never know whom you are influencing." I've learned that if your positive, you will take control of the things happening around you. If you are positive, you are not being affected by the waves in the ocean of life... you're building the boat for others.
Thank you for the fun.
You may be getting older, but I don't see it. You're youthful and you know how to have fun. You may surprise us and jump in the pool when we least expect it, or you might show us up with your basketball skills, but you never let anything keep you from having fun.
I've learned to not take myself so seriously. If you stay high-strung, you will trip on yourself over and over again. You've shown me to laugh things off, and to just enjoy life. I hope I will forever be as joyful as you are.
Thank you for keeping me thinking.
You never let me give up. You have pushed me when I thought I couldn't keep going or when I was drowning in stress. Even when I'm at college, I think about what your guidance would be. You have blessed me in ways that I will pass on to your grandchildren one day. You've made me think, and I believe that is the greatest gift. Maybe one day, I'll be as awesome as you are.
I love you, Dad!