I sat down with Mr. G the other day and asked him what advice he’d put in a letter to Elliott when he is older. This is what he said:
There was once a time when I was young and learned many things along the way. It will ultimately be up to you to make your own decisions in life, but when you’re older, I ask that you consider these things.
- Study harder than I did, it will give you more choices in life.
- Resist temptation and don’t fall into peer pressure.
- Make the most of school. It might seem difficult but life after school is much more difficult, enjoy it while you can.
- Remember that Mum & I were young once too. Any advice we give you is because we love you and want what’s best for you.
- Having a girlfriend in high school is not important.
- You are a reflection of the people you surround yourself with. Choose your friends wisely.
- How you act is a reflection on your parents and shows respect.
- It takes time to be successful, the grass is not always greener on the other side.
- If you conduct yourself and work hard, success will come.
Don’t ever feel as though you have to figure things out for yourself or fear how we might react, your Mother and I are always here to support you…remember, we were young once too and made our own mistakes.
What advice would you give to your children that you learned from your younger years?
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