Hey there little dude! Today you woke me up with your flashlight friend at ~4am! Haha I know I will soon secretly miss those times and if I think about that too much it’ll make me sad. This morning mommy asked you to let Emmett outside and you immediately said ‘OK’ and opened and shut the door to let him out. When mommy said ‘Thank you’ you quickly (and funnily) replied ‘my pleasure’ to which we all laughed about before I had to go to work. I was so proud of you, though, and know mommy was too. Before I left for the morning you made sure I got my ‘hug and kiss’ and when you thought I had left without saying goodbye, you got upset which I can’t tell you how good inside that kind of stuff makes me feel. In the end you saw me and laughed at yourself, which is a good trait to try to always have (silly goose!). I love having you around bud, I hope you always remember that. You’re a great kid full of genuine love and happiness – and an unmatched personality. I can’t wait to continue to watch you grow.
I know I don’t write these emails as often as I should, but I came across some good wisdom I want to be sure to pass along to you. I read these rules on a blog the other day and thought they were fantastic advice to live by. I couldn’t come across the original post, but while searching for it I came across a another version written by a 90 year old and combined the two with some of my own advice to create what I feel to be the best overall advice I could share. They’re all great words of wisdom to live by, but be especially mindful to #46. Also, as a disclaimer for #14, I have the feeling you’re going to like girls in the end but if I’m wrong, I want you to know I will always love you either way. You’re my Wyatt Monster (#36) and my partner in crayon, true and through.
Love you little buddy,
*101 Rules To Live By*
1. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do. Always keep God first and get to know Him.
2. Never cancel dinner plans by a text message.
3. Don’t knock it ’til you try it.
4. If a street performer makes you stop walking, you owe him a buck.
5. Always use ‘we’ when referring to your home team or your government.
6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.
7. Don’t underestimate free throws in a game of ‘horse’.
8. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
9. Don’t dumb it down.
10. You only get one chance to notice a new haircut.
11. There are plenty of ways to enter a pool. The stairs is not one of them.
12. Never park in front of a bar.
13. Expect the seat in front of you to recline. Prepare accordingly.
14. Keep a picture of your first car, first dog and first boy/girlfriend.
15. Hold your heroes to a high standard.
16. A suntan is earned, not bought.
17. Never lie to your doctor.
18. All guns are loaded.
19. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
20. The best way to show thanks is to wear it. Even if it’s only once.
21. Take a vacation of your cell phone, internet, and TV once a year.
22. Don’t fill up on bread, no matter how good.
23. A handshake beats an autograph.
24. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
25. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
26. If you want to know what makes you unique, sit for a caricature.
27. Never get your hair cut the day of a special event.
28. Be mindful of what comes between you and the Earth. Always buy good shoes, tires, and sheets.
29. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.
30. When you’re with new friends, don’t just talk about old friends.
31. Eat lunch with the new kids.
32. When traveling in life, keep your wits about you.
33. It’s never too late for an apology.
34. Don’t pose with booze.
35. If you have the right of way, take it.
36. You don’t get to choose your own nickname.
37. When you marry someone, remember you marry their entire family.
38. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
39. Under no circumstances should you ask a woman if she’s pregnant.
40. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
41. Don’t make a scene.
42. When giving a thank you speech, short and sweet is best.
43. Know when to ignore the camera.
44. Never gloat.
45. Invest in good luggage.
46. Make time for your mom on your birthday. It’s her special day, too.
47. When opening presents, no one likes a good guesser.
48. Sympathy is a crutch, never fake a limp.
49. Give credit. Take blame.
50. Suck it up every now and again.
51. Never be the last one in the pool.
52. Don’t stare.
53. Address everyone that carries a firearm professionally.
54. Stand up to bullies. You’ll only have to do it once.
55. If you’ve made your point, stop talking.
56. Admit it when you’re wrong and don’t hold onto grudges – they’re toxic.
57. If you offer to help don’t quit until the job is done.
58. Look people in the eye when you thank them.
59. Say ‘thank you’ to everyone, especially people who prepare your food.
60. Never answer the phone at the dinner table.
61. Forgive yourself for your mistakes.
62. Know at least one good joke.
63. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
64. Know how to cook one good meal.
65. Learn to drive a stick shift.
66. Be cool to younger kids. Reputations are built over a lifetime.
67. It’s okay to go to the movies by yourself.
68. Dance with your mother.
69. Don’t lose your cool. Especially at work.
70. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
71. If you don’t understand, ask before it’s too late.
72. You will always regret becoming addicted to smoking cigarettes. Try to find a healthy vice as soon as you can in life and stay true to yourself. 73. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
74. Be a good listener. Don’t just wait for your turn to talk.
75. Keep your word.
76. In college, always sit in the front. You’ll stand out immediately.
77. Carry your mother’s bags. She carried you for nine months.
78. Be patient with airport security. They’re just doing their jobs.
79. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey and purpose is all about.
80. People like other people who shower.
81. You are what you do, not what you say.
82. Learn to change a tire.
83. Be kind. Everyone has a hard fight ahead of them.
84. An hour with grandparents is time well spent. Ask for advice when you need it.
85. Don’t litter.
86. If you have a sister, get to know her boyfriend/girlfriend. Your opinion is important.
87. You won’t always be the strongest or the fastest. But you can be the toughest.
88. Try to never call someone before 9am or after 9pm.
89. When you get mad take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
90. Make the little things count.
91. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
92. Always choose life.
93. You’re never too old to need your mom.
94. Friends are the family that we choose.
95. However good or bad a situation is, it will soon change.
96. Your dance moves might not be the best, but I promise making a fool of yourself is more fun than sitting on the bench alone.
97. Smile at strangers.
98. Make goals.
99. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
100. If you have to fight, punch first and punch hard.
101. Life is too short – enjoy it.
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