Maybe this is the first time since your death I have written to you. It also has been 15 years since you left…
Dad, everyone in our family has a very good life right now. We are all healthy and happy. I am studying at the Will to Live Center to learn about IT with the intention that after graduation, I will find a stable job in this field.
My health since birth was not good, I was always teased by my friends for being an intellectual guy with disabilities. You always taught me to be strong and resilient, so I always remind myself to live a peaceful and happy life. Although I have an intellectual disability which makes me have a much slower perception than others, I have my own thoughts and feelings and for me, that is enough. Thank you for teaching me many things, thank you for helping me be strong.
You know, 5 years after you passed away, I had to undergo a painful surgery. After the surgery, I became a person with paralysis in my arms and legs for 1 year, at that time I was really stuck. Many times I wanted to leave everything to follow you, to start a new life which would be completely different from this life. But, in the end I still continue trying because of mom and my younger brother. I know that no matter what side of the world, for me, you are always by my side.
My biggest goal now is to be able to get a stable job suitable for my health. How much I get paid will not matter as long as I can help mom and take care of my own life.
Dad, now you can rest assured about our family. We miss you so much. We will meet again and be reunited.
I will still live strong as you taught me and no matter who I will become, you will always be the person I love and respect the most.
The Will to Live Center is helping me to fulfill my dream and you are the driving force that motivates me to pursue that dream.
I love you, dad!
A letter to the deceased father from an anonymous student!