Most people will say that their mother is the most influential person in their lives. Well, I’m going with my father. Of course, my mother is a housewife and being a housewife is very tiring. You need to do chores everyday non-stop and I can see it from my mother’s face all the time. It’s really hard work and my mother somehow has a lot of willpower to carry that kind of workload every day and I really respect her work ethic.
Having said that, I also respect my father. Interestingly, my father is the opposite of my mother. He was a man of few words and a strict disciplinarian. He was also a smart guy and I can relate many things that he did that showed his intelligence but I’m just going to leave it at that. Actually, I learnt a lot more from my father than my mother as he is a male member of the family and easier to relate to as I am also a male family member.
My father believed that you should be honest with yourself and know what is right and wrong especially in making decisions. I learnt to be prudent in my judgement from him so that things can run smoothly. Also, he taught me to never make things hard for people just as you don’t want people to make things hard for you. He was an intimidating person and even most of my siblings and relatives were shy to talk to him unless they knew him for a long time for example, his own siblings. Even though he had all this characteristics, at times he showed his sense of humour.
Like all human beings, he had a bad side. Being a strict disciplinarian, he could at times be too stubborn and preferred to do things his way but his determination was apparent. I don’t believe that you should be too strict all the time but to let loose sometimes depending on the situation. I learnt to instil his positive character into my life and hope to influence others as well.