Artist Spotlight: My father

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Everyone say hello to my dad. This man has served as great inspiration and support to me and my brothers for quite some time. He is as solid as fathers and father figures come. He works his butt off in the engineering field just to make sure we all have what we need in order to survive, while at the same time, giving us space and time to develop and learn what we feel we need to do with our lives in order to be happy.

Of course, there are times when my father and I have disagreements. Me, being uncertain of where I am going exactly, and him, just wanting me to figure it out already. I thank this man for giving me time and for having all the patience of which I am barely learning to have in myself. I can be a stubborn one in these years of growth, but he is always there  within the gaps of silence, even when we have not spoken in a while. All he worries about is me being able to support myself in the future, and he has made that quite clear.

I also thank this man for being such a great role model to my brothers and I within the field of movement and exercise. His field of work isn’t always very physical. He spends a lot of time drawing and drafting (artsy!), but he has not given up on maintaining his health, always finding time to go on a bike ride and lift a little weight. Had it not been for my father, I would have never discovered just how much I enjoyed movement and exploring it. My brothers took after him in the gym, working out and staying healthy. I first learned movement when he signed me up for kickboxing and then I did exactly the same, taking movement different routes in order to figure out exactly what it is that keeps this scatterbrain hooked.

I will explore and experiment forever. When things are rushed, I lose control and he knows this side of me all too well. I thank my father for giving me time, teaching me patience, teaching me support and allowing me to stay creative.

My Pops

My Pops. I am so proud of you for maintaining that healthy lifestyle!

Be grateful for those that support you. You are like a house, a temple, a building, and without support, you will most definitely fall.

❤ JLT

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