Following the Footprints 追隨腳步
Happy Birthday to my Dad!
At the risk of embarrassing him by making him the subject of this week’s newsletter, I want to use this space to wish my father a Happy Birthday! I won’t reveal his age, but it’s a big milestone year, and to celebrate ,he and my mother are taking a trip to Italy . One of the highlights of their trip will be touring the path that my grandfather, his father, took as a young soldier in World War 2.
All of this got me thinking about following in others’ footsteps.
No doubt my grandfather would never have wished for his son to see Italy the way he had, in a time of war, horror, and destruction. Nor could he have imagined then that one day he'd have a son who’d want to honor his memory and be able to enjoy Italy's beauty and history today. This is a unique opportunity to quite literally follow the route of his father. It also reminds me that we probably will never know all the ways the footprints we leave behind may give meaning, inspiration, and life lessons to others.
It all sounds like an awesome responsibility! I know everyday on a very small scale I ask people to follow me in my dance steps. When I mess up or wipe sweat out of my eye, students might even follow me thinking it’s a dance move -- oops!. But just as my students likely never focus on my missteps, the impact and difference we make in others' lives just by being ourselves and living our lives are what people will remember. Even something as simple as taking the steps to attend a class and improve your health and mood can create examples, benefits, and motivation for your families, coworkers, and friends.
Today my life looks far different from my father’s at my age, and yet the fact that I travel and live abroad makes me believe I’m following in his footsteps. There are many personality traits like being hard working and gregarious that I seem to take after him in as well. I’m so fortunate to have him as a role model to look to and aspire to be like. In creating my own path that others see and someday may follow, I hope I can honor him, his steps, and all the footprints that came before him.
Happy Birthday and love you, Dad!
Keep moving! xx, Katie
冒著讓他覺得丟臉的風險，我想要利用這個機會來祝我的父親生日快樂！ 我不會透露他的年齡，但是今年的生日的確是一個重要的里程碑，為了慶祝 今年的大生日，他和我的母親一起去義大利玩。其中一個非常特別的地方，就是這趟義國之旅的行程是追隨著我的爺爺，在第二次世界大戰身為年輕的士兵的他所到過的地方。
( Anna Liang 譯 )