rp_1466142_10151872911803940_1988175929_n-300x292.jpgThe older I get, the more I notice how much I’m like both of my parents. My mom is sensitive and caring, and she won’t hesitate to stay up all night if you need a shoulder to cry on. I see her in myself when I put someone else’s needs before my own, when I worry about doing my best, when I’m honest about my feelings, and when I choose to stay in over going out dancing. My dad has a big heart, he gives good advice, and he enjoys his time alone. I know I’m like him when I tell my friends what they need to hear, when I face problems head on, when I go out of my way to make things easier for someone else, and when I am comfortable sitting alone on a park bench.

While I have learned so much from them, my dad is the lecture type (and good at it, too!). So, feeling inspired by Amy Poehler’s book, I created a list of everything my dad has taught me. I hope you can take from it as much as I have.

  1. If you’re not happy, let someone know. This goes for relationships, family, dining out, and bad customer service.
  2. Work is work. It’s hard, but we have to do it.
  3. It’s polite to pay the check or pick up the tab for people who are hosting you.
  4. Apologize when it’s your fault.
  5. If the car gets you from point A to point B, it works.
  6. Always send thank you notes.
  7. It’s never too late to take a deep breath and start the day over.
  8. Meditation, in even the simplest form, is important and healthy. Take a few minutes each day to count your blessings and ask for help.
  9. Starbucks has the best coffee.
  10. Travel often. Don’t wait for anyone to come with you, or you might never go.
  11. Sometimes all you need to feel better is a big bowl of ice cream.
  12. Worry about money, but not too much. Don’t let it hold you back from experiencing life.
  13. No one has ever died from being tired.
  14. Exercise is important.
  15. Tell people what you want, no one is a mind reader.
  16. Save, save, save! (I have trouble with this one)
  17. Nightmares can be cured with a pinch of food coloring in a glass of water.
  18. Drink a lot of orange juice if you’re feeling sick.
  19. Don’t be so focused on the destination that you forget to enjoy the journey. Pull the car over. Take a moment to enjoy the views.
  20. Never be too afraid to ask for help.

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