Last year, BOCA shared valuable wisdom from our mothers in honor of Mother’s Day. Now it’s time to celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday with a few treasured gems our fathers have given us over the years. We’ve collected some of our father’s quotes and advice on everything from the importance of family to backpacking tips, getting out of your comfort zone, how to discover your true character and more.
From our BOCA family to yours — Happy Father’s Day — and a heartfelt thank you to all the fathers out there.
“Do what you want to do, not what other people say you should do.”
“Don’t listen to me.”
“Don’t take any wooden nickels.”
“Try new things–as many as you can.”
“What’s the worst that can happen?”
“If it doesn’t work out, you can try something new.”
“Never stop exploring.”
–Colette Des Georges
As a child, when people would ask me who my hero was, I would always tell them my father. Ask me again today and the answer would be the same. He taught me so much about compassion and integrity that they are traits that, to this day, I value the most.
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” (Inspired by Oscar Wilde)
“Who you are when no one is looking is your true character.” That’s something my dad always told me that has stuck with me not only in looking at myself and who I am, but also in others and their actions. Your true character really does shine in your actions that no one else sees except God.
My father, George, is a doctor and an avid backpacker, so he sent his daughters out into the adult world with four things: a toolkit, an amply supplied first aid kit (fit to do open heart surgery in the wild), and a survival pack (which included a laminated checklist of the contents, which makes re-stocking super easy) AND an understanding that we should be well-equipped in our lives to care not only for ourselves but also the people around us. My dad is someone whom many people turn to for love, support and guidance. He is the smartest man I know, yet also one of the most caring and approachable, so his wisdom and kindness are not lost on us. Rather, he actively makes the world a better place by being in it. I hope to raise my little man to do the same.
I have learned many things from my father, but if I were to choose the top four things, they would be hard work, education, honesty and the importance of family. My father always used to tell me “you are who you surround yourself with.” So I take pride in stating I’m surrounded by a huge group of loving, supportive and intelligent friends and family that have helped to shape the human I am today.
“Choose your words carefully and think before you speak. You’ll never get the chance to take back words once they are spoken.”