An open letter to my dad, from a rebellious son

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"We might not always see eye to eye on a lot of things, but at the end of the day, you're still my dad, and I wouldn't have it any other way."

"We haven't really seen eye to eye on everything"

I remember that time when we went on a road trip. It was back in 2002, and that was one of the most memorable experiences I've had with you.

We've had our share of ups and downs, and we haven't really seen eye to eye on everything. Well, a lot of things actually.

Regardless, I still appreciate the fact that you did your best in trying to be patient me, even during those times when I was being difficult and not listening to what you and mom were telling me.

At the time, all I wanted was for you and mom to try and understand the things that I was going through, and that the transition from being a teen to being an adult was difficult, and I was scared of the responsibilities that I knew I would have. I guess it's partly my fault since I wasn't talking to you guys about how I felt about the future.

"I understand everything now"

Either way, I guess that's all behind us now. And what I'm trying to say is that I understand everything now. I understand why I did the things I did, and why you had to say the things that you said. I'm not the best son, and you've had your share of your mistakes, so in a way, we're both the same.

When I was younger, I used to tell myself that when I grew up and had a family of my own, I wanted to be exactly like you. But now, I guess I changed my mind. Not because you're not a good dad, but I want to be my own person; I want to be my own man.

It's not the best of father and son relationships, but it's what we have, and we both learned a lot throughout the years. And honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way.

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