If, one day, I should have a son, I'd tell him,
Don't shield your heart, love is just as powerful as strength.
Be strong. Be smart. Be kind.
Forgive those who hurt you,
thank those who help you,
and help those who need you.
Be true to yourself,
walk tall and proud,
hold your head up strong and face the world,
secure with the knowledge that you were made to live in it.
Study the past, for it hints at the future.
Know music, art, and nature -- each is reflected in the other.
Know when to admit you're wrong.
Know when to say that you don't know.
Know when to ask for help.
Learn to dance, to write, to sing, and to cook.
Be quick to smile, slow to judge, and always give second (or third) chances.
Look for beauty everywhere, you'll find it in the most unexpected places.
Seek out the truth, and live by it.
The world is yours to care for, study it, protect it, and become all you wish to be.