Advice for my son
Last week we dropped our youngest off at college. We spent nearly three days together driving across the Midwest but somehow I couldn't bring myself to say the things I wanted to. In my heart I suppose it is because I trust that he knows them and is mature enough to take care of himself. But because I'm not yet ready to stop being a mom I thought I would share my thoughts here. I think most of this is good advice for life…
The artificial linear progression of your youth is over. The reset button has been hit.
You carefully chose a school with a strong academic tradition that values social action, has a broad international focus and a richly diverse community. Take advantage of the opportunities it offers.
Continue to work hard. The work of living never ends so find a way to make it meaningful.
Take care of your things. Be organized, keep your room and clothes clean, keep your planner up to date and read your email.
Don't be in a rush to find your tribe. Be genuine, smile that great smile and you will make true friends.
Keep playing your music. I never see you happier than when you are making music.
Stay healthy. Make sure you get enough sleep, eat your salad and take time for yourself when you need it. Take a walk. Go for a swim.
The most rewarding things in life happen at the edge of your comfort zone.
Know that your dad, sister and I always have your back.
And finally, back up your data.