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A Guide to my beloved students
Transcript of A Guide to my beloved students
to my students
Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. What I am going to tell you has no basis more reliable than my own experience but I want to share some thoughts with you now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.
Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. Don’t try to avoid what is meant to be.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.
Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. Live in the moment, eventually you will understand what is best for you.
Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.
Maybe you'll fall in love, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll get married some day, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance on your 50th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or blame yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.
Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.
Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.
Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.
Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on.
Accept certain truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will lie. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.
Respect your teachers. They are the ones who can help to get where you need to go.
Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85.
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.