HAPPY ALMOST FATHERS DAY! In honor of that this one goes to you daddy! I love you!
Have you guys ever done something for 10 years? I don’t mean your jobs, and I don’t mean going off to the “all inclusive” Sandals for your week paid vacation. I mean doing something that you actually care for, something that changes you as a person, something that you do for yourself, but it benefits others without even realizing it. My dad has, and I couldn’t be prouder.
So there’s this walk in Puerto Rico…
…and it’s a pretty big deal.
Before I continue here is the link to donate to Da Vida (Give Life), THIS IS AN AMAZING CAUSE! Then reward yourself with knowing that good karma will be with you all day… Or you know… just be a nice person and donate without expecting anything in return.
The walk (this year) goes from the 31st of May until the 5th of June. This year they’re walking a total of 73 miles, in towns that have bigger mountains than Pamela Anderson. Along with this walk, volunteers collect money that goes into the research, management, and equipment of cancer patients and hospitals in Puerto Rico. It has been going on for 9 years, and the 10th has been confirmed.
In order for my dad to do this walk EVERY YEAR (around the same time) he sacrifices some things, like vacation time. You see, he’s his own boss, so if he doesn’t open the office then nothing really happens that day. Meaning that he can’t take many days off later because he needs to compensate for those days. A lot of people would say “those days lost,” but he wouldn’t. He would say that the joy and the gain he gets from doing these walks is much more rewarding than the monetary value that comes from opening the office that day. I mean… LOOK AT THAT SMILE!
I know, I know… I’ll zoom in.
now.. LOOK AT THAT SMILE!
betcha he doesn’t smile like that at the office (especially when his boss is his wife…my birth giver)
Well… going back…
We should be thanking the main man in this, (the guy in orange obviously) Raymond Arrieta (I had no idea he had a Wikipedia page… #GOALS)
This is all thanks to him, I truly believe that, after my birth, my dad has had nothing else to look forward in life (not counting my achievements obviously). He loves his wife, son, and daughter, he loves his job, he loves his patients and his friends, but these walks (although his feet look like they started growing stuff other than nails) they honestly do a number on him. He starts talking about them months in advance, whenever we talk about a trip he ALWAYS mentions the walk, and although he is just a volunteer and part of a great team of people that have been doing this for 9 years…
…that feeling of just doing something for the greater good has no comparison. Imagine you not eating a brownie, and opting for an apple. Imagine you not buying the shoes and just walking away. Imagine you giving money to homeless people. Imagine going to a hospital to read to children, or donating to St. Jude (Shameless sorority philanthropic plug.) Now put all of those together and I don’t even think it comes close to what, not just my dad but, all the people that do this walk feel at the end of a 14.5-mile day. That must be a hell of a good feeling. And I am more than proud that this is one of the things that lights up my dad’s world.
I’ve grown up with the belief that we are gods soldiers, whatever god you chose to believe or not believe in, I truly feel like we all have a purpose, we aren’t just a renting out space in the world. So when I was little (and even know to some accord) I thought that doctors were like crowd control for heaven, they are put there and they have a direct line to God to hold people off and give them a second chance before dying. My dad and brother have the honor of having that direct line, and you would think that that would be enough for people that work more than 60 hours a week. But not for him, never for him. My dad has always believed and encrusted into my brain certain things:
- You sleep when you’re dead.
- Why settle for what everyone else can do, and not strive for what no one else has done?
- Are you happy? (expecting that the answer is Yes) Are you hurting anyone or yourself? (expecting that the answer is No) Then go for it.
- Don’t go to the grocery store on an empty stomach (or a bar)… different results, but neither of them is good.
I am the woman I am today, and I am where I am in a large part because of him.
This walk that he has been going on for almost 10 years is as much a part of him as it is a part of me, and I know I share this sentiment with a lot of people when I say thank you to you, to Raymond, to Telemundo (the producers of the walk), and the countless of volunteers that put on hold a week of their jobs and lives to put their little grain of sand and make this world a little bit better.
Again, please donate to Da Vida and put your little grain of sand in there too.
Now, before I leave you; THIS IS A FATHERS DAY POST… so what better way to leave you, than with a good old “such a dad thing to do” picture… so enjoy my dad trying to figure out how a selfie stick works.
Love you dad!