Today, as I share the joy of my dad’s 90th birthday, I’m not only celebrating a personal milestone but also reflecting on the profound lessons his life has imparted on me. The picture I’m sharing today captures a moment where I’m doing what I cherish most—sharing my story with an audience, a story in which my parents, especially my dad, play starring roles.
My dad, with his embodiment of strength, consistency, and dependability, alongside my mum’s vibrant and spontaneous spirit, have taught me the invaluable lesson of balance. In a world that seems to constantly chase after the new, loud, and ever-changing, my dad’s approach to life offers a powerful counter-narrative. His commitment to routine and reliability provided a foundation of security and stability that allowed our family to not only survive but thrive through every storm.
This lesson, the power of being a dependable presence, is one I carry into every story I tell, every audience I speak to. It’s a reminder that true support doesn’t always come from grand gestures but from the quiet strength of being there, consistently and unwaveringly, day in and day out.
As we honor my dad’s incredible journey to 90 years, I’m inspired not just to celebrate the life he’s led but to emulate the values he’s lived by. His life encourages me to aspire not just to reach that age myself, but to do so with the grace, strength, and balance he’s shown every day.
So, here’s to my dad, and here’s to the lessons we can all learn from the lives of those who’ve shaped us. Let’s commit to being that reliable rock for others, understanding that our strength lies not in how loud or visible we are, but in the consistent, quiet support we offer. In sharing my story, I share this lesson with you, hoping it inspires you as much as it has inspired me.