- The most important relationship is the one you have with God.
- Establish your independence while you’re young and allow nobody to take that away from you.
- Define who YOU are and remain true to yourself. Always.
- Find someone to share your life with only when you are ready. And happy.
- You are complete; you don’t need anyone else to make you feel whole.
- Education is extremely important. And it isn’t just about “book knowledge”. Learning NEVER stops.
- READ. As much as possible. Embrace the Public Library.
- Take care of yourself ~ mind, soul, body ~ as best as you can; your health, as you get older, depends on it.
- Enjoy your time with your loved ones. Time is limited. No regrets.
- Cherish your friends.
- Say “I love you” often. Say “I’m sorry” when necessary. And mean it.
- Money, material possessions aren’t everything.
- You can lose everything you have in a heartbeat.
- There is a lesson in every bad experience you have. Be mindful of it.
- Understand the balances of life. The bad things help us to fully appreciate the wonderful things.
- Appreciate the simpler times. Technology sometimes creates more problems than solutions
- Toxic people do not deserve a place in your life; don’t be afraid to sever ties, if necessary.
- Dignity, grace, compassion, gentleness, kindness, gratitude, generosity, acceptance, honesty, patience are all must-haves.
- Never perpetuate hate. There is far too much in the world already.
- Understand that this letter is a work in progress and I’ll be adding to it accordingly (read: as I learn more, myself). Watch this space.
Older (but still young-at-heart) Self.