Big Thoughts from a Big Boy
"Mama, I don't like school."
"I know you don't and I know it's hard sometimes and boring sometimes, but use it as a tool to discover your path...the thing that sparks curiosity, the thing that makes you want to know more, the thing that gets you excited, the thing that makes you happy - and remember those things - explore those things - because childhood is the time when you are closest to you true self.
You don't have to be the smartest student, or the best athlete...the only thing that really matters is that you grow up to be a really good person. So, just use school as sort of a menu, take a taste of all the different plates and decide for yourself what you want seconds of".
(Laughter) "I never thought of it like that".
"Here's the thing, Satch, life is like a ginormous puzzle with lots of tiny little pieces. You are one of those pieces. There is no other piece like you on the earth, but there is a place for you. A place where no other piece fits...only you can fit. That's the great mystery...finding that place.
When you grow up, here's what you need to remember:
It's about love...what you love to do, people you love to be with, places you love to go...learning how to love and learning how to be loved. AND...
Try your best to make the thing you love what you do as a job. That would be the ultimate. If that kind of job doesn't exist, maybe you can invent that job...and if you can't invent that job then maybe you can find a job that you like to do that will give you the money and the time to do what you really love".
"That puzzle part....that's the wisest thing I ever heard...how did you get so wise?"
"You taught me".
"Mama", I'm sorry".
"Well, when we babysat the other night...I had no idea how hard it was to take care of babies".
"Yeah, it's hard but you were really great at it".
"I learned from the best....all you need is love da da da da da".
"You got it!