The person that has influenced my life is my dad because he is the one that get to know me best and is also the one that I see the most and have known for a long time. He always stands by my side, and whenever I fall down, he encourages me to stand up by myself and on my own feet. My family is not a wealthy family. Therefore, my dad tries to save single penny he earns from work to buy anything that I need, and he always encourages me go to school because he knows that the value of education will determine the future of the person. As a result, I admire him as a great person and have thought that my dad is really superman. My dad has a huge impact on the way I become a person today. He has influenced my life by teaching me the lessons and showing me the right behaviors and wrong behaviors.
My dad taught me the most important lesson: how to be a man. I still remembered the day that my father sat next to me and said that “Hey son, the most important think to help you become the successful person and the helpful person is your honesty. Never lie to anyone and never lie to yourself”. After saying that, he slowly explained the value of honesty. He showed me that every bad situation in the world began with a lie. When a person steals something, he lies to the law, or when a husband cheats on his wife, he lies to his wife. My father often tells me that being a man means facing the truth. I always think back on those words when I get into trouble.
My dad’s teachings were a cure for my selfishness. He taught me to consider everyone as a part of my family and taught me how love people by sharing and giving. I believe that the biggest fantasy in live is to buy someone something he really needs and watch his facial expression. When I was a kid, my dad and I used to go to Chuck E. Cheese to play games. He always bought me some food after leaving that place. One day, on the way home, we saw a homeless man who said that he had not eaten anything for three days, and asked me for the food that my father bought for me. I immediately refused to give him the good that I had and kept going with my dad. Unexpectedly, my dad held my hand and stopped walking. He asked me why I did not give the food to the homeless man. Of course, I answered that I was so hungry after playing the games, but I saw that my dad did not feel good when he heard this answer.
He looked straight to my eyes and said if I gave my food to homeless man, I still had the food at home. The homeless man had not eaten for days, and he was so hungry. After hearing the explanation from my dad, he gave me the chance to decide if I would give my food to the homeless man. I gave the food to the homeless man reluctantly. The homeless man expressed thanks to me. However, when I saw him receiving the food, I did not why that I have feeling that I pleasure in doing this and realized that I had done something good for society. When we got home, my dad told me that he was happy when I give the food to that homeless person. Furthermore, sometimes I took money from my own savings and buy McDonalds food for a less fortunate person and watched him enjoying his meal from a place where he could not see me. I could see more the impact of his teaching during the camp when we ran out of resources, and I shared my personal food with all my campmates. After listening the teaching of my dad, I realized that receiving is good, but giving is better.
From my place I am thankful for everything he taught me. He taught me things that I need or was going to in life. I am what I am because of him and whatever I will achieve in my life will be credited to him. I believe that my dad will always be with me even after his soul leaves his body; he will be there through his teachings that I believe are my duty to pass on to my children. He will be there through me; when the people see my remarkable success one day, they will know the value of his teachings. He taught me everything about life; hope, faith, and the long journey ahead. To me he is the greatest hero.