Ok, this post has absolutely nothing to do with the theme of this blog.
I wrote this letter to my teenage daughter’s a year or so ago; after speaking to one of them last night on the phone, she said that it was good advice, and that maybe people in Moora could possibly benefit from it. As such, here it is.
Always be proud of who you are, and no matter what life throws at you, you always will be.
Bravery is merely being the only one that knows you are scared.
In every situation, think before you speak or act.
With decisions of a serious and important nature, do not commit with an answer without first thinking about it for at least 24 hours.
Never stop learning. It keeps the brain alive.
Always exercise in some way, shape, or form. It keeps the body alive.
Never get tattoo’s. They are the best way for the Police to identify you.
Make sure you have two sources of income. If one dries up, you still have a back up to keep you going.
When confronted with difficult, angry or obnoxious people. No matter how scared you may feel, smile. It will make you feel better inside, and open your mind to other idea’s of how to best deal with them, giving you the upper hand. It makes them nervous too.
Stand up for family regardless of the consequence to yourself. They are your blood and are to be defended to the end. They will do the same for you.
Never be afraid to ask for help. There are very few things that someone hasn’t done before you. Learn from their mistakes.
You will make mistakes. Big and small. This is not because it is someone’s fault, it is because it is your own. That is life. The positive side of every mistake, is that you are a strong enough person to have made a decision, good or bad, learn from it, don’t dwell on it, then get on with it.
Never shy away from admitting your mistakes. Just be smart how you admit to them.
Always walk and sit with a straight back, never hunched. It is a sign of a confident person. Confident in themselves first.
Speak clearly. Don’t say comin’ or goin’ or swear inappropriately. I did not raise you to be a bogan.
A qualification is a meal ticket. The better qualified you are, the better you eat, and the better places you dine.
Do not get married, or have kids until you have graduated uni/trade and bought a house.
Rely on yourself first.
I will carry you in my arms to the ends of the earth, as many times as I have to. I will walk through a rain a bullets for you. I will give you my eyes if you are blind, and my lungs if you can not breath. I am your Father, it is my honour to be able to do those things for you.
If someone harms you, the first thing I will say to you is “is it your fault?” If so, learn from it. If it was not, never stand in front of me, just walk behind, because you may learn something from your father yet.
Above all else, trust in yourself, and be a good person.
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