I got home a few hours ago and I haven't been able to stop talking to my dad. I even made him go late for a meeting but he doesn't care because he's so proud of me!
Everybody wants to be proud of people around them. I am sure i'm not the only one that loves to show people off, be they friends or family.
Growing up, I had vivid dreams of being different from the pack. The dreams were so real that I was already acting different, my mentality was out of the norm and I got scolded for it every now and then.
I had no idea how these dreams were going to be fulfilled because as things were, Nigeria had no plans for anyone (turns out most countries don't). As a born dreamer, I didn't lose faith but had to face and deal with the realities on ground.
I think staying away from home for a while helps parents realize that their babies are maybe no longer babies. It starts to dawn on them that these kids can actually really make decisions on their own and live fine.
Today I had the longest conversation with my dad, telling him about my adventures on Steemit since January an from my dabble into other projects like VIVA.
I tried my best to describe the love Steemians have for me (and i'm sure I did a poor job) and how I don't understand what I have done to deserve this type of love.
I shared with him my plans to attend SteemFest 2 and the steps I've taken to ensure it becomes a reality.
He had loads of questions and at this point he asked to know the people behind Steemit.
I explained the concept of blockchain and decentralization and how the folks I plan to meet at SteemFest are amazing.
He was not for one moment bored. He was intrigued at the power and capabilities of blockchain technology.
He had learned over the years to believe me when I talk about things that excite me.
I told him about my experience with @kus-knee and other amazing Steemians that had taken a keen interest in me.
I couldn't stop talking. I couldn't praise the community enough. I told him about what everyone is doing for @darthnava
And all through this time, I could see it boldly written all over him, he was happy. The "I'm proud of you" type of happy.
If you know African/Nigerian parents well, especially fathers, they rarely let their emotions show. So if a Nigerian father tells you he loves you and he's proud of you, then you should know you've done an amazing job!