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My dad is a good person. Dad is ambitious, integral and very dependable. Dad is also heavy handed, authoritative and very critical. He is the single most influencial person on me thus far. Dad is also absent, frugal and stubborn. Work has taken him and his family across the globe. Because of this money a corner stone of his ambitions has become integral to his purpose in life. He does not see this, he claims it is for a higher calling. His work has made me distant from him, we cannot relate and have not bonded. His believes in his values made him integral has also made him stubborn, made me feel worthless. Never said thank you; never celebrated my achivements with me. His ambitions and frugality has made him very dependable to his employers but very unreliable for me. Many rewards were not matched with effort. Dad's lack of understanding of my position has made he less able to relate well to my peers in a very materialistic middle class area. His absence has made me somewhat directionless and when he does try to place direction it is often very authoritative. Regardless of Dad's motivations behind his actions and inactions, they have contributed to my distorted sense of self worth. This has only compounded the difficulties growing up. I am now becoming more independent, the leagacy of it all is also becoming more evident. I need to focus on my own life and goals now. Dad did what he thought was right, I respect him for that.

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