Celebrating Life: Lessons From my father

The little rain that fell this morning reminded me of the last wonderful moments I spend with my dad. I had just finish my Last exams in School and I was set to go home, When my mum showed up. As she was approaching me, I could sense the rain in our eyes and my heart beat started increasing.

“Mum!” I managed to shout trying to hide my ignorance….” it’s your Dad” she said..And we didn’t say any other word untill we reach the house.

Things didn’t change much at home when we arrive, Apart from the aroma of food from the kitchen which was prepared for my home coming and the happiness of being at home after a very long time.

My dad was sitting on his bed when we entered the room… ” Welcome home ” he smiles and open his arms to embrace me… We chatted for few minutes, ate and sat down together starring at each other.

In the growing silence, I remembered how we use to walk hand – in hand with him and my little brother to church every Sunday morning.

I remembered the day he gathered all of us together and rain blessings on us.

I remembered the Moon light story time where he would gather us and inspire us with great stories…

“My Son, I love you so much” His words breaks the silence..and rain started rolling down my check .

He didn’t wait for me to response, “Live and celebrate everyday of your life as if it is the last.” he said and then asked my mum to bring the wine. He told me different stories about life, we played a little and he encourage me to always believe in myself… Few days after, he pass on, we cry, celebrated, then life continue.

My dad taught me the following about life:

1. Always tell people they matter everytime.

2. Live and celebrate every day of your life no matter the situation.

3.Be good to yourself and others.

4. Cherish the people who are always there for you.

5. Life is about relationship, seek to create, build and maintain relationship.

6. You need God to guide your footsteps.

7. Be Kind, it pays.

8. Don’t be affraid to go after what you want.

9. Learn to encourage and support others.

10. Your name is very important value it. 

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Written by Abel Udoekene Jnr

Abel is a blogger, a social media strategist and a small business influencer.

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