Notes to a younger self

  1. Practice letting go. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
  2. When it gets hard, take a moment. Use understanding as your default mode not anger.
  3. You were happy when you were 3. Why was that? Ask more questions!
  4. No conclusion or accusation is ever correct. Even if you think you know the facts. You don’t.
  5. Really and truly try not to worry about what others think. See point 3.
  6. Your parents are human. There’s no rule that says you have to agree with their choices or own their mistakes.
  7. Work out what makes you tick and how that is influenced by others and how it affects the people you care about.
  8. Be good and true and give up every part of yourself to the one you love.
  9. Work hard at what you love doing and be persistent. Don’t give up. Consistency trumps intensity.
  10. Practice this stuff because sure as shit some day you want to be a great dad to two amazing little girls.

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