My dads birthday was just right around the corner. He turned 56, and me and my siblings decided to take him and my mom out on a Korean BBQ dinner. In our household doesn’t matter who’s birthday it is, dad has always covered the bill, and humble as he is, it’s no issue as long as the family is together. Since me and my sisters are working people now, there is no excuse to give back to the parents. So, we payed for the awesome dinner, and dad got surprised and very happy. After dinner he told me the quote above, and it made me laugh, since he’s referring to me and my siblings as the “investment”.
I have a lot to thank my dad (as well as my mom). They “forcefully” made me the person that I am right now. Back when I ran the 100 m dash, my dad was always there with me. He always took pictures, drove me to competitions and bought me my gear. There was this one competition in Gothenburg which was around a 7 hour trip by car. The competition sucked balls, I didn’t even qualify for the finals, so basically we drove 7 hours (one way) for me to run 11.2 seconds and no more. But dad, he didn’t complain or got disappointed, he just smiled at me and asked what I wanted to eat. He gets me.
Even when I’ve acted like a spoiled brat or disrespectful son, he’s still there for me. I got so mad at him one time, though. I ran the 100 m dash, gave everything I had and I was content with my performance. However, dad had some “feedback” he wanted to share with me. He told me:
“Christian, when you run….*pause* Try to, ehm… Run a bit faster. You know?”
I got so frustrated and mad, what did he think I was doing out there? Saving my energy for the finish “stretch”? Thinking back on it, I know that dad was just trying to help me, and he was right, if I wanted to run a better time I need to run faster. He has his wise moments. The older I get, the more I understand how important my family is to me. I realized how much my dad cares for me and I’m thankful and proud to have you as my father. This goes out to you dad, happy fathers day and we’ll celebrate when I’m back in Stockholm, you’re time to pay, right?
Much love to my family
Work hard, Eat hard… Love hard?