My dad - who is having a big birthday this year - is finally considering retirement. And it's really weird to think that I'm at an age where I will have a dad who is retiring but it's about time that he took things a little easier. Although I'm not sure he ever really will. I'm sure he'll find things to keep him busy and if he doesn't I know my mum will find things for him to do to keep him from under her feet.
Now I'm not sure he's always agreed with my life decisions but what I do know is that he has always been there for me supporting me in everything I do. I'm not completely sure what he think's about my decision to attempt to swim the channel? But I'm pretty sure he understands that it is something I need to do - even if he's not sure of the exact reasons why - and I also know that if I need any help with the swim or anything else in my life, he will be there for me!
It's a great feeling to know that you have people that have got your back in life. I have a great family and some truly brilliant friends who are there for me when I need them. I was going through a bit of a rough time this time last year but with the support of the people around me I came through it as a stronger person. And although I needed to do a lot of the "soul searching" on my own, it was made infinitely easier by knowing that these people - not least my dad - were there for me if I needed them.
So thank you dad for all your love and support.
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!