The strength to be different
Hey….how are you? How is Tuesday treating you? A big day or just another boring midweek? I guess that is for you to decide.
You’ll be surprised at how much you CAN decide. The world is full of people who will tell you what you can’t do. Ironically they’ll also tell you what you should do. And even sometimes how to do it. But in honesty they have no idea, they’re just scared and huddling together for the security that mediocrity and conformity brings. Strength comes from difference. The way you think, the way you behave, the way in which you treat people. Always have the strength to be different…..
From the school playground to the floors of the corporate towers, you’ll find them there, you’ll feel the pressure. And sometimes you’ll buckle. We all do. But if you realise that you are going with the flow, then at least you are alive and thinking and aware. And that will give you the strength to continue your journey again. To plot your own course in life, to stay true to your instincts, to stay true to yourself.
I remember when you stopped wearing your favourite jumper, because the other kids picked on you. Because it was purple. Do you remember the conversation we had then about the courage to be yourself? When you started Taekwondo when the other kids were all playing football. And they teased you. Funny that they no longer tease a black belt….don’t you think? And as you grow up into a strong confident young man, I see you having the courage to be yourself. A funny, strong, handsome, clever young man with the world at his feet.
The next few years are going to bring you choices. There will be times when things don’t go your way and I won’t always be there to talk it through or to help. You’re going to have to make those calls on your own and to take the consequences that come with your decisions. The way that you deal with these will set you up well for the rest of your life.
Everything I see tells me you will take it all in your stride. Every day I burst with pride. And each step of the way I will be on your side come what may.
Be strong. Be humble. Be gracious. And beyond everything else. Be yourself.
Happy birthday dude. I love you.