Things I Want My Son To Know

My son is the most amazing person I have ever met, so I thought that I would compile a list of things for him to remember, before the self-doubt and peer pressure kicks in!

  1. Be brave.
  2. Try new things every once in a while, it is okay to say that you don’t like it, but only after you have actually tried it.
  3. This does not apply to drugs, sex, or any other activity which endangers your life!
  4. I may not know everything, but I know more than you think.
  5. Always remember your manners.
  6. Don’t be scared of failure, it is just an opportunity to try again.
  7. It is okay not to fit in, really!
  8. Choose your friends wisely. The best ones will bring you so much joy. The worst will bring you down.
  9. You can’t rescue others from the bad choices they make.
  10. Don’t try to be someone that you are not, you will only feel worse in the long run.
  11. You can’t make someone change, they have to want to change.
  12. Real men cry when they are hurting. End of story.
  13. If you always try your best, even if you fail, you will have a peace of mind.
  14. Ask for what you want, be specific.
  15. Feeling angry, sad and frustrated is okay. It is up to you to learn how to manage those feelings.
  16. Always stay true to yourself.
  17. Mistakes do not define you. They define a period in your life, that is all.
  18. A need is very different from a want, learn to know the difference.
  19. First impressions are usually right impressions.
  20. The only time unsafe sex is ever okay is if you are in a committed, exclusive relationship, where both parties have been tested for STD’s, and you have had an honest talk with each other about the possibility and the responsibility of a pregnancy.
  21. Be kind, even when you don’t want to be.
  22. Practice your passions.
  23. Remember that family is everything.
  24. Can’t is a cop out.
  25. If you can’t smile with your eyes, don’t smile.
  26. Question everything except your own intuition.
  27. No matter how old you get, you can always come home.
  28. Say what you mean.
  29. Mean what you say.
  30. Having an opinion is fine, as long as you know why you have that opinion.
  31. You are amazing! If anyone ever makes you feel like you are not, walk away. You deserve better.
  32. Remember that one stupid decision can change your entire life. And no, this is not just me being melodramatic!
  33. Being afraid is okay, it is what keeps you safe.
  34. Just don’t be so scared that you forget to life.
  35. Do not be afraid to speak up. You have a right to be heard.
  36. It is never okay to hit a woman. Ever.
  37. Even if you are tempted, it is still a really bad idea to hit a man.
  38. One punch can kill someone. Remember that.
  39. Tell people how you feel about them. Tell them that you appreciate them, or liked their teaching methods, or enjoyed talking to them at work. Seriously. You never know if you will have another chance or not.
  40. I love you, forever and always. No matter what you say or what you do. Even if we don’t agree, or don’t like each other at times, I will always love you, for being you.