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Dear Dad..

Thank you for being there whenever I needed you to be, without any questions asked.

Thank you for helping me make some of the toughest decisions of my life and never restricting me to anything I didn't want to do.

Thank you for all the holidays, times spent together and making me laugh like no other.

Thank you for picking up the pieces when shit really hit the fan and bailing me out of difficult and challenging situations when necessary.

Thank you for being my best friend, for always having my back and supporting me.

Thank you for never questioning the choices I made and letting me figure it out the hard way. It's tough love at it's best.

And finally, thank you for being the only man in my life to have never given up on me in anyway. It means more than you know.

I'm sorry if at any point in recent times I've challenged your generosity or shaken your faith in me to succeed. You're the most special person in my life, I hope you know that and I hope you're as proud of me, as I am to have you as my Dad.

Love You.

Valentines: Love, not Hate

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I genuinely don’t understand those who hate Valentines Day. I can understand why some don’t like it maybe because they associate a bad time with it. Like some songs make you feel sad because it was playing in the kitchen when you’re Mum came and found you to tell you your fish died when you were aged 10. Fucking Euyrthmics. 
Or maybe they just don’t acknowledge it or even think about. They just go about their day as normal (pretty much like me) But to hate it? Sometimes I feel it’s going a bit far.
People bombard the internet and social media pages with comments like “Ergh, FUCK Valentines Day and all the couples” or “Such a nasty consumerist day” or “Roses are Red, Violets are shitty fuck fuck I’m single fuck shit” and I really don’t think it’s necessary. 

People who have lost Mums or Dads on Mothers and Fathers Day don’t go spamming the web with “Ergh, FUCK you and your Mum’s. I hope they DIE” or “Dads are overrated anyway, who needs em” Course they don’t. They spread words of love and respect, remembrance and joy, and maybe in some cases they choose simply to ignore it. But they don’t make people feel bad for having it! (well maybe some do, but then they are mean!)

There’s this stigma in which people only believe that Valentines Day applies to those in a couple or who are married, which just isn’t the case. Valentines is simply a day to celebrate love and however which you want to do it. My best friend received a Valentines Card from her Dad telling her how special she was and how he loved her like no other. Some friends will send each other Valentines cards, not because they are single and sticking together (but that’s also fine if you wanna do that too!) but because they genuinely wanted to share their love. I texted my Mum this morning and said Happy Valentines day because she’s my Mum and I love her very much. 

This day is whatever you make it, there are no rules and if you do want to ignore it and let it pass you by then that’s fine. But maybe we should stop hating those who have Boyfriends and Girlfriends and instead, direct our thoughts to those people in our lives who we love; Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Neighbours, Friends, Ex’s even, and pets if that’s where your love takes you! Go tell them today what they mean to you.

I think it’s a far better way to spend the day doing that than hating. Love is a lovely thing, embrace it.

Happy Valentines Day everyone :)