Sunday, June 02, 2002
Advice for Class of '02
Nobody takes advice, least of all people who give it. People who give advice are officious, patronizing, self-righteous and unpleasant. When you ask them, What makes you so smart? they have no idea.
That said, here are some suggestions for the Class of 2002 ignore them and you will be miserable every single day of your life.
Don't fly when you can drive.
Don't drive when you can walk.
Take the long way.
Don't smoke 'em. Even if you got 'em.
Find something you love to do and you'll never be alone. Even when you are.
The trick of life is keeping the passion once you've gained the wisdom.
The longer you live, the shorter the days are.
Most of the time, nobody cares.
If you want a convertible, get one.
Traffic is only bad when you're in a hurry. Learn that and you'll laugh more.
From my friend Steve Forbert: It is what it is and that's all.
Never change clubs when you're ready to hit.
Think about your future. But also dwell on the moment, which is often pretty good. Also, guaranteed.
Don't buy groceries when you're hungry.
Call your mother.
Let it go.
From the movie Risky Business: Every so often, say what the (heck). What the heck gives you freedom. Freedom gives you opportunity. Opportunity makes your future.
Just don't drown the Porsche in Lake Michigan.
Forbert, again: Life is strange, but compared to what?
Tell those you love that you do.
Regret is useless, hope is priceless. Ambition is somewhere in between.
Helping someone who needs it is the best way to feel good about yourself.
Shrinks got into the business to figure themselves out. Think about it.
Never buy the extended warranty.
Don't get Call Waiting. It's rude.
Listening is better than talking, unless you think you're especially interesting. You probably aren't.
Grudges hurt your heart.
Listen to the old people, who have earned it.
Carly Simon said these are the good old days. They are.
Life is better when you notice it.
Turn off the air conditioner and open the windows.
Lots of time, you have nowhere to go. So, don't.
Have a front porch.
Whatever is an expression. Not a lifestyle.
Finally, here's something my dad says. He read it somewhere: All of us want to do well. If we do not do good, doing well will never be enough.
I believe that to be true.
Do good. Then do well.
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