Every individual would have someone they look up to, a role model that would help shape and mould them into becoming a better person. If I am in any way a better person then I was, I owe this to my late father. It is indeed because of him, I am who I am today. He knew my every flaw yet he saw the good in me. I was indeed my daddy’s little girl and always wanted to remain that way. I saw a friend in him and not just a father figure. In him I could confide and be open just about anything. He gave me everything one could possibly ask for, not just material but guidance and advice. He had always tried to make me into a better person, never failing to support my dreams and ambitions.
One thing I am grateful for is that he always made me feel that I was the best gift he has ever received from God and that taught me to make others feel appreciated. My father taught us godliness till the day he died. He believed in forgiveness and being humble. Through him, I have also learnt to be optimistic in everything and that no matter how bad things may seem, there is light at the end of the tunnel. With him being gone, the only thing that consoles me is that I am lucky I had a great father like him unlike other unfortunate children who never had parents. Upon finishing high school, I made a list of colleges that I was planning to enroll into and frankly, Segi College wasn’t top five. But the moment I stepped foot into the campus, I cannot describe how much I love being here.
My first few weeks of college have been pretty amazing; my classes are interesting, my lecturers are laid back and the feeling here is incredible! My first impression of college was that it was going to be a lot like high school, except that there would be more work and assignments of course. I was expecting that coursework would be insanely difficult and would be impossible to complete. However, I have handed in a few tasks on time and trust me, there is no better feeling than handing in an assignment that you have been slaving on for a while!
I am looking forward to meeting new people in class and joining clubs that the college has to offer. It is harder to make friends in college because people do not really talk to each other but I am sure if I open up a little bit and swallow my pride I will make friends much easier. I believe that the next four years will really be the best years of my life.
I remember that day, and why it was so dark and melancholy. Everyone spoke in silence, some had tears in their eyes that even a smile given was only to condole one another. Being the oldest child, I was to give a eulogy at my daddy’s funeral and despite having many good things to say about him, I was dumbstruck. I sat in my room, with paper and pen in my hand, gazing aimlessly across the room until a little blue book caught my eye. There it was, sitting on my desk, my journal which has been a habit of mine ever since I could remember. I would write a lot, out of joy, of anger, of sorrow and even out of boredom. I picked it up and flipped through the pages. Tears started rolling down my cheeks.
In it, I had bittersweet memories of my daddy, the ones that could make me laugh or even frown. It was almost like an entire Facebook timeline of my life with his presence in it. I could hear the pastor calling out for the funeral service to begin. Instantly, I started scribbling my eulogy on the piece of paper. I suddenly knew what to say. Silently, I thanked my journal. It may not be the best reading material but it was definitely one I am thankful for and proud of. The one that taught me, keeping a note on the smallest things in life might be a blessing in the future.
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