As I watch the changes that are occurring with my son through his Junior year, I am once again brutally reminded at how quickly time goes by.
Below you will find a letter that I wrote to my son for his first day of high school. Many blessings to all students.
It is hard to comprehend that you are about to embark on this newest journey in your life. It seems like only yesterday…I could go on and on.
As I send you off to your first day of high school, I wish you happiness and love…and just a few words of advice:
As you continue to grow into a young man over the next four years, allow yourself to be happy. Find your life’s passion and enjoy it every day.
Have confidence in yourself, and never, ever, let anyone tell you that you are not good enough. You have the potential to do whatever you choose to do.
Take care of your body and treat it with respect. You only have one.
Do not judge other people. You never know what is really going on behind their closed doors. Imagine a world with no judgment.
There will be days when life is going to be tough. You just need to be tougher.
You are not invincible.
Learn to play a musical instrument. Just trust me on this one. You’ll be glad you did.
Remember that the decisions that you make today will affect the rest of your life.
Don’t stay home from school if you have a cold. Save those “sick days” for when you are feeling well so you can actually enjoy them.
Stay away from drugs and alcohol. There is so much happiness to be found in this life. Don’t taint it with these crutches.
Never take life for granted. It can all change in the blink of an eye.
Surround yourself with people that follow your same moral compass. Remember that guilty by association still makes you guilty.
Karma always gets the last laugh.
Heartbreak is a part of life, but I’ve never seen a broken heart that couldn’t be mended with time.
Make time for your family. These are the people that will be with you for the rest of your life, long after your friends are gone.
Do not drink and drive and do not ever get in a car when someone else has been drinking. I am always just one phone call away.
Tell someone you love them every day.
Every moment is a gift from God. Living that moment to the fullest is your gift to God.
You would be wise to remember your mother’s birthday.
Take the time to pray and to truly know God. Trust Him. You may not always understand His plan, but know in your heart that He does have one.
Enjoy the journey.
I am wishing you the best possible journey over the next four years and throughout your lifetime. Be smart. Be safe. Be great.