Q: What’s Forrest Gump’s password?
Q: Why do chicken coops only have two doors?
A: Because if they had four, they would be chicken sedans!
Q: What do you call a fake noodle?
A: An Impasta!
Why are these horrible yet perfect dad-jokes relevant to your day? Well, that’s because this past Sunday was Dad’s Day! Father’s Day! The time to celebrate DADS or your personal role model near and far! Father’s Day is the day to give some appreciation to the fathers in our lives. While we may not always articulate how much our dads (or male mentors of any kind) mean to us, we love that this day serves as a reminder to show these guys some love!
Here are some of the dads we admire here at Muse.
WARNING: these guys are not just regular dads…they are SUPERHERO dads, and just overall standup guys.
Dad #1: Barack Obama
Our first special mention goes out to the “Dad-In-Chief”, previous USA President, Barack Obama. Not only was he the full-time role model to Americans, but he was also the full-time role model to his two daughters, Sacha and Malia. Whenever talking about his family, Obama consistently wears his heart on his sleeve, expressing that his daughters are the greatest joys in his life and that their smiles always light up his day. He’s not just a mush-ball, however.
From dancing to “Hotline Bling” with Usher at the Whitehouse to singing the Happy Birthday song to his daughter on stage in front of a large audience, Obama never shies away from making memories with (or embarrassing) his girls. We think this would be the right time to add “Dads” to the list of people Obama is a role model to… and he’s set a high bar!
Dad 2: Michael Phelps
Most of us know Michael Phelps as USA’s superstar swimmer, but did you know he is also a father of two? Aside from being the most decorated Olympian of all time – bearing a total of 28 medals – as well as a full-time dad, Phelps is also an advocate for mental health. Despite his remarkable successes in the pool, this athlete and parent struggled massively with his mental health, specifically with anxiety and depression. This past May, Phelps launched a campaign in support of mental health with the goal to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues and to get those struggling the help they need and deserve.
It took Phelps quite some time to feel ready to come to treatment, but he has since internalized that “it’s OK not to be OK”, something that helped him accept that not everyone is perfect. It is this mindset we are looking to see more of in our society, and with Phelps and his family on board, hopefully, we can further engrain the message that mental health is health!
Dad #3: Derek Luke, CEO of InteraXon
This Muse Father’s Day post would not be complete without proudly mentioning one of our own: Derek Luke, the CEO and President here at InteraXon. Derek has been contributing to companies such as Blackberry, Seagate and other multinationals for over three decades, and was brought into the Muse family just over five years ago.
His contributions at Muse are transcendent and immeasurable, not only in his role as CEO, but also in the heart and spirit he adds to our team. Our Scottish superstar brings his impeccable character and work ethic to the table every day, but over time he has learned that family is his true priority, a quality he believes also translates to the culture here at Muse. From family board game nights to reading The Night Before Christmas with his four children on Christmas eve, Derek is proud to say that his kids are each other’s best friends. He brings this same care and passion to everything he does here at the office, inspiring us and pushing us to do the same every day.
Dad #4: Jay Z
Alongside his glamorous wife Beyoncé, the Carters welcomed twins into their family this time last year. This big-hearted father of three is giving other dads a gift this past Father’s Day: a chance to see their families again. Often, those who cannot afford a private attorney get lost in the jail system, and Jay Z is taking a stand against this exploitative bail industry and speaking up for those held in this broken criminal justice system simply because they cannot afford bail.
Using his fame and influence to stand up for what he believes in, his three children are lucky to have such a strong, prosocial dad!
Dad #5: …YOUR DAD/FATHER FIGURE/ROLE MODEL/POSITIVE INFLUENCE
Don’t forget to make a big deal out of them this weekend!
THANK YOU, DADS AND ROLE MODELS, FOR BEING YOU! WE LOVE YOU! <3