4 years ago when I lost my dad, I couldn’t picture any sort of future for my life. I couldn’t see how my life could possibly ever continue with such a a tragic loss and a pain that never seemed to go away. And now, here I am 4 years later with the love of my life, the career of my dreams, and my family relationships are stronger than they’ve ever been.
I think this is the first year that Father’s Day hasn’t been a depressing day, but a day filled with gratefulness for what I’ve been able to overcome, and a gratefulness for crafting a life for myself to create my own happiness.
I’ve spent almost every summer working nonstop since I was 14, and had 4 jobs for the last few years. Missed birthdays, missed family events, and missed cabin weekends. Summer is when I feel the best, and I think I owe it to myself to enjoy this time. So I’m taking this summer to enjoy myself and enjoy the sun, my garden, and just life in general. It has been so liberating to work less (or barely at all ) and enjoy my family and the special moments in life that we sometimes take for granted!
So cheers to you, Dad, and to remembering what really matters in life - people.