Friday Five: Five Things I Learned from My Dad

My dad is my BIGGEST fan. He cries at all my milestone moments and it’s the best ever! If you want to know anything about my dad, get this: My dad ended up in the hospital a couple weeks ago from laughing. That explains my dad better than I ever would be able to and I LOVE it! (He’s okay by the way, he swallowed some unchewed food when he laughed and had to have surgery.)

With Father’s Day approaching, I wanted to share 5 things I’ve learned from my Dad with you guys. First off, I know Fathers are hard to come by in this day in age and I understand that. Please know that above all, you have a Heavenly Father that loves you more than any human father ever could. I hope this encourages you and lets you know how great my Dad is to me and that I don’t take him for granted for a moment.

5 Things I Learned from My Dad

1 // No one is ever a stranger.

My dad is one of the kindest people you will ever meet. He would talk to anyone about anything. No one is a stranger to my dad and I think we could all be a little more like that.

2 // You can be exactly who you are and nothing more or nothing less.

My dad is 110% himself. He doesn’t hide his quirks or the things that annoy everyone else, He just is. He is his really good qualities, his bad qualities, and his weird qualities all at once. He truly embraces exactly the person he is and I KNOW I can learn more from that. We live in a time where we feel like we have to be a certain way, but not my dad.

3 // Always be ready for an adventure.

My dad is always up for an adventure and going off the beaten path. Every vacation we ever went on, we would lose my dad somewhere. Now that I’m older, I admire this quality in my dad. We don’t have to stick to the plan 24/7, we can live a little. We can adventure and be spontaneous. This is something I’m working on more, being spontaneous and I could really learn that from my dad.

4 // Your capacity to love should always be bigger than yourself.

As I mentioned earlier, my dad is the kindest person I know. He cares so much for every person he meets. His capacity to love is bigger than himself. He is the most selfless man I’ve met. My dad cries every time we visit his Dad’s grave because he loves him THAT much. He cried when I went off to college, and when I graduated, and when I got married because he loves me THAT much. My dad loves well and he loves HARD. A father’s love for a daughter is something I can’t put into words and it’s beautiful. I have never doubted my dad loved me and that he loved me WELL.

5 // Laugh at yourself.

My dad has done some DUMB stuff (but we love him for it) BUT he always laughs at himself. He doesn’t get down or beat himself up, he just stands up and belly laughs. Often times, we take life way too seriously, when was the last time you laughed at yourself?


I’d love to hear some of the things YOU learned from your dad! Share them in the comments below!

4 thoughts on “Friday Five: Five Things I Learned from My Dad

  1. Your dad sounds like an amazing person to be around, Courtney! One thing I’ve learned from my dad is that I come from a huge group of talented and smart individuals who did incredible things. Hearing him say that made me smile.

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