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There are two people in your life
who will always be a part of you every day,
wherever you go, whatever you do-
one of those people is your father, your Dad,
your hero, your strength, the one who will protect you,
defend you, work hard for you all his life;
and the other is your Mother, your Mum,
the first vision of beauty and perfection you ever saw,
and if you are as lucky as me
the kindest, the most caring, the most wonderful,
and the most amazing woman, and role-model,
you will ever be lucky to meet or ever know.

Our parents are the reason we are even alive
and kicking in the first place,
and if it were not for them we would literally
never have been born;
our parents saw our first moment, our first blink,
our first smile, our first adventure into unexplored territory
when we first set out on our own,
even if at first it was merely an exuberant crawl.

Our Mothers always know us better than we know ourselves;
our Mothers always want the best for us;
our Mothers always have an instinct
about what the next thing is going to be to come out of our mouths;
our Mothers always know all the names of the trees in our forest.

The best Mothers in the world would walk over hot coals for their children;
the best Mothers in the world would, and do, sacrifice anything
and everything else for their treasured offspring;
the best Mothers in the world would lay down their life for their child
in front of an oncoming train;
the best Mothers in the world would consider, and do consider,
the life and the happiness of their family their top-priority,
and they embrace every second of being a Mother,
and they love all the joy that honour, privilege, and gift, brings.

My Mum is smart, beautiful, fantastic, and true of heart;
my Mum is vibrant, special, funny, amazing, and unlike anyone;
my Mum is my soul, my friend, my conscience,
and she will be forever as she has been from the start.
My Mum is the greatest Mother, because she is always caring for others
like she always has her entire life,
and I am so lucky to be her son,
and I am the luckiest man in the world
that my Mother is my Mum.

Not every Father can be a Dad,
not every Dad can be a Father,
not every son can have a father,
or a dad to look up to,
not every son, no other son,
has a hero, a role-model, a giant,
a great, honest, kind-hearted, and caring,
man as their Father, like I do-
and that is why I am so lucky to have a Dad
who is as special as you.

You have always been there to hold my hand,
you have always been there to pick me up,
you have always been there to guide me home
like a plane coming in to land,
you have always been there for me,
and I have always looked at you and said to myself
‘that is and you are the man who I want to be
when I grow up’.

There is only one of each of us in this world, in this life,
and there can only be love and respect between two people
if it is proven time and again that what binds them
has been present since birth and will always be there.
I have always known that you and I were more
than just father and son;
I have always felt that you and I were like the Earth to the Sun,
and when I look at you I feel like I am looking at the best
and the most incredible man I have ever known in my entire life,
who has given me everything he could and more,
and who I sometimes look at when you are sleeping,
just like you used to look at me when I was a boy,
and I marvel in wonder at who you are,
and I remember all the places we have been to together,
and all the things we have shared.

I remember you teaching me how to ride a bike.
I remember you teaching me how to fire an arrow with a bow.
I remember you and I putting together a home-made glider
and spending an entire Saturday afternoon watching the glider
soar into the air and then return to Earth,
and then return to the air by your hand-
just as my imagination too became sky-bound and took flight.

I will never forget what you have taught me,
what you do for me every day,
and every moment with you has been the greatest gift a son,
a boy, a man, anyone and I have ever had.
I wouldn’t be the man I am, I wouldn’t have done what I have done,
nor seen what I have seen, or been where I have been, without you,
and that is why I am the luckiest son there has ever been,
because you are my Dad.

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Everyone needs inspiration,
everyone needs a hero, a role-model-
someone to look up to
to show them that through hard-work, belief, and determination,
you could one day feel your heart rise
and be carried on a wave of love of a million people.

Kids need to fall in love with things that they enjoy doing,
and through their journey of finding themselves
a child’s passion and interest in whatever makes them happy
needs to be tended to by observant and watchful eyes,
and supported always so that their love is constantly renewing.

So many children do not have that which they will need
for the rest of their lives when they are looking at the world,
questioning, and thinking about life’s possibilities;
so many kids are left to find their way
without even the hint of what direction they should go,
and without being reminded that it is important to have responsibilities.

The Olympic Games are important,
because they are a symbol, a signal,
a call to the hearts of all-
especially to the athletes of the future-
that if we work together we can do anything;
the Olympic Games are important,
because when children watch men and women
at the peak of their athleticism give everything
and put all their effort into something that they love
it will drive them on to find a new beginning.

You never stop being inspired,
but before you can take interest and fascination in something
and expand your view of it so that it fills your entire life-
you first need to know and to feel what inspiration is,
what it can do, what you can do with it, and where you can go-
you need to learn to be able to listen
to what your heart tells you first,
then to the voices of others,
think deeply about what makes you dream,
and learn to sometimes hear “Yes”
when all that people are saying to you is “No”.

I have always loved to run,
I have always felt super-human after pushing my body to its limit;
unfortunately I never fell in love with playing sports,
but I really enjoy watching sports of every kind:
football, athletics, cycling, tennis;
sports people are great and important icons for all of us
to be inspired by, to take to our hearts,
and to watch as their life becomes golden,
like the phenomenal Jessica Ennis.

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