I was blessed with a beautiful baby brother on July 2nd 1996 – 17 years ago today. The second of three baby brothers, Luke has always been my affectionate little friend. I did wish that he would be a girl, but I don’t think a baby sister would have been quite as awesome as Luke.
In celebration of his 17th year, I have compiled a list of 17 lessons:
- Always be you – you are the most loving, open, passionate and genuine young man.
- Make the most of the opportunities that school offers – you have to work twice as hard to find those once you leave school.
- Read everything that takes your fancy – you will not regret reading too much and you don’t want to get to 21 (like a certain someone) and finally find the reading love of your life (Jane Austen) and wish you had learnt the lessons contained in those books sooner.
- Always indulge your passions – follow your heart with your reading, your writing and your singing. Passions are integral to a life well lived.
- Learn about good money management now and put it into practice, always save.
- Be ethically friendly – always fight for justice, always be kind, be aware of sustainability and always buy free-range eggs (they are not much more expensive and you really don’t need a lecture from me about beaks, frolicking and humane treatment).
- Develop a habit of thankfulness – it will set you in the right mindset for wherever life takes you.
- Make friends indiscriminately – you will miss out on a lot of amazing people and their lessons if you stay inside the box in this one.
- Always give people the benefit of the doubt – you will never understand the full context of a person’s life.
- Smile at everyone.
- Laugh every day – laughing at me counts, so you’re good on this one!
- Design your life the way it works for you – do not follow the well-tread path, make your own, you will NOT regret working less in order to follow your passions or spend time with your precious family.
- Follow your nose into adventure – try everything you want, make a list!
- Look after your health.
- Keep being open-minded – you are one of the most accepting, unprejudiced people I know, never let that go.
- Explore your beliefs – really examine what you believe and why, be open to other’s opinions.
- Remember that I will always be there for you and that you will always be my best friend.