Today’s Friday Five with Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia is theme free, so I decided that in honor of Father’s Day, I’d write about five things I learned from my dad. (And I’m guest posting over on Courtney’s blog about five steps to avoid post-race/post wedding blues because Courtney is off getting married this weekend!)
1. You can always dig deeper. I’ve seen him do it in races. No matter how tired or how ready to give up you are, if you really want something, you’ve got something left. You just have to learn how to use your mental strength to tap into it. (This would be the main reason he beats me in every.single.race.)
2. A stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet. I live in an urban area where people don’t really talk to strangers on the metro or really even at races. A lot of times, runners don’t even smile at each other, much less wave. Everyone is too busy and too involved in their own lives to interact with random strangers. My dad? He’s not like that. He’ll talk to just about anyone. And 99% of the time, people respond in a positive manner and are happy to engage.
3. You are never too old to reinvent yourself. My dad served in the Air Force for 22 years. Then he was a science teacher, then a special ed teacher, and then a truancy officer. In additions to getting his original bachelors degree, he got a masters while in the service and then another bachelors degree so he could teach when he retired. I remind myself of this every time I worry that my time out of my career field may keep me from going back into that field.
4. You are never too old to try new things. Since retirement, my parents have done a mission visit in the Ukraine, gone hiking in Alaska, visited Puerto Rico, gone white water rafting… I’m sure they’ve done other stuff as well. My dad even ran his first half marathon at the age of 65 and has now run 3 of them!
5. There’s nothing better than a yellow beer after a run. Wait! What? OK, he tried to teach me that one, but I’m happy to say that after years of trying to convince him, he now appreciates a good craft beer!
Happy early Father’s Day to the best dad a girl could ask for!