Dear baby Froglet,
I write this for you to read, when you are all grown up. A few lessons I have learned, some the hard way, some the easy way, and some that I may not have learned at all. When you grow up, you will realize how disappointing our world is, and I don't want this to bring you down. Here, I give you very few of the many tips that I will hopefully get to teach you:
- Be prepared to be branded; and it might be based on the way you look, the way you dress, how religious you are, where you are from or even your ethnicity.
- Find a way to vent; playing sports, blogging, martial arts and even cooking all work very well. However, writing a letter and never sending it is a bunch crap.
- If you can, DON'T work in a big ass corporation. They will suck your life away.
- When you go to University, try to study something that has a good balance between something you like and enjoy, and that you can use in the real world to make a living. Don't focus on what the "market" is in need for.
- Be as independent as possible, as soon as possible.
- Have napkins on you whenever possible, you never know when you will need them.
- Be a good listener.
- Take all the advice you can get. But learn how to filter out the useless advice.
- Read, read, read. Then read some more. Nothing feels better than reading a good book.
- Don't' be afraid of never growing up. There is a peter pan in all of us, and I am your living example.
- Being an optimist has helped me enjoy my life so far, I suggest you try it too.
- Read Rudyard Kipling's "If". Then read the rest of his work and be inspired.
p.s. Trevelyana, thank you for introducing me to Robert Frost and Rudyard Kipling…