Strange title for a blog . . . yes well I thought that way you might actually read it! :)
4 years ago on my 21st birthday my father gave a speech. For those who were there it was very memorable for what was said (many things were said) but one topic that was a rather big joke at the time was me not having my full drivers license. I have been given grief for this for about 10 years now. So as the night went on more and more drinks were consumed and dad was still going on about my license so I said "if you stop smoking I will get my full license." I thought I was safe as he's been smoking for a good 35 years of his life and he thought he was safe because quite frankly I don't care what anyone else said. In fact the more everyone wanted me to do it the less inclined I felt to follow through (I believe that's kind of how Dad feels about the smoking too).
However I am now 25 and I thought I should "man up" because quite frankly it's about time and also I'd like my father around for as long as possible. He is an amazingly strong man and I have always had a lot of time for what he has to say - I usually don't make any major decisions without his opinion first. I had a friend lose her father not so long ago and our dad's are/were around the same age. I see what she is missing out on by him not being here and it makes you think just how precious life really is.
One day I will have children and it would be a crying shame if they only got to hear about the man that has been such a major influence in my life. Or if he lives long enough to see grandchildren I don't want their only memories to be of a smoky smelly old man that couldn't breathe properly because he wasn't strong-minded enough to look after himself. His health is fine at the moment but I don't want cancer to be what makes him finally give up.
I had considered starting a facebook support group for him but I thought I might get strangled for that so I wanted to put this little blog up so that if people feel like leaving words of encouragement or advice for him they could.
Dad if you read this - I love you, I'm sorry for the blog but I figure if I try EVERYTHING possible - you might actually help yourself! It isn't my intention to shame you into doing it I just want you to know that you are worth it. It won't be easy but anything worth doing rarely is.
I done my part of the deal - your turn!