I’ve been doing the dad thing for a little over six years, and continue to learn about what it takes to be a father. As I watch you grow up, and continue to grow myself, there are some things I’ve learned that I’d like to share with you.
- Mom and dad love you, and you amaze us continuously. You’ll always be our little baby, even when you’re thirty-eight.
- Don’t let anyone dictate your tastes. Do what you want because it makes you happy, and don’t be afraid to be different, or be labeled as a geek or a nerd. These terms are badges of honor; wear them with pride.
- Always strive to be kind and polite, even to mean people. You will have to work at this one every day.
- If you give something your best effort, you never really fail. Reasonable people appreciate effort, and will help you get it right. Unreasonable people aren’t worth trying to please.
- A smile and a “Hello!” can make someone’s day.
- Be a good listener. People like to talk about what excites them.
- Watch or read Randy Pausch‘s “Last Lecture“. You will laugh, cry, and learn.
- Things won’t make you as happy as relationships. Value your family and friends. The happiness you feel when you get something new and shiny lasts for a little while, but the ones you love will always give you a reason to feel happy.
- The “cool” kids aren’t as cool as you think. They have their problems, too. We all have struggles.
- Don’t stop being a hugger.
- Learn to yodel. Your future wife will thank you.
I love you,