As my days here on earth grow short, the list of things I want to share with you seems to grow longer. I hope my wisdom will stay with you long after I am gone.
When I was in my twenties, I was sure of everything! Now, I am not really sure of anything! I do know that there is more to our existence than this life here on earth. I know what love is and I know what love is not. Beyond that, there are a lot of uncertainties.
Life is just more fun when you are chasing a dream derived from your passion. It’s okay to change your mind about what you are impassioned by; time and life experiences will drive you toward different pursuits.
It is important not to appear to be passionate about everything in life. People who are as passionate about which brand of cereal they will eat as they are on human rights issues, simply appear crazy.
When I was young, I made the mistake of wanting everyone to think I was smart. That led me to talk a lot trying to impress others with my knowledge. Now that I am older, I recognize that people are more impressed by a person of few words who takes time to carefully contemplate his thoughts. Sometimes the smartest action is to keep one’s mouth closed!
Invest moderately in your career so your success will give you choices in life. Invest time modestly in diversions because you need to have fun in life. Avoid investing time in worthless pursuits such as gossip, comparing yourself to others and chasing society’s ideal of beauty because these always lead to a negative return on your investment.
Change in life is inevitable but you have choices in how you handle it. We have exposed you to change and you have shown you are adaptable and versatile. Remember that when life throws you a zinger like a loss of a job or some other situation that seems unmanageable. You are strong and powerful and capable of bouncing back no matter what you are faced with.
Hopefully, that will remind you that you are never really alone. We are a family and we will always be there for one another no matter what. One of the things we do best together is laugh.
May your life be filled with dancing and lots of laughter!
P.S. You know what the right choices are, and if you don’t, ask yourself would I do this if my dad were with me?