But, in this fast-paced life, it is good to remember, with love and gratitude, our parents, teachers, at times... Of course, need to be Ssspiritually conscious of God, always!
I plan to write a book on my relationship with my dad. As a child, he was terror. As I grew up, he was more approachable. Once I hit teens, he became a friend. The respectful distance always remained between us, but we were close in a way we would not exhibit. Me as a youngster, and himself as a career-faugi!
I have learnt so many things from him...and try to emulate him.
- family- first. He made it a point to be in contact with all relatives/siblings, friends,etc, but his family came first.
- compassion - for people around him, not just family, but beyond
- discipline, time management, etc -being career-fauji, it came naturally to him.
- passion for fitness
- he inspired me to stay away from alcohol, as he was a tea-totaller, in spite of being in army & CSD...Seeing his addiction to smoking, I resolved to stay away from cigarettes.
- his style of parenting was not by preaching, but by practise and setting example ( something I 'try' with my son!)
- reading habit -my passion for letters and blogging, is something rubbed off from him.
He is no more...we miss him. But he lives in our lives....