Hearing from my four year old's little mouth "Mommy, I'm a preschool graduate!" really resonated in me. I had mixed feelings, my baby was growing up too quickly! I was happy, I was sad. In a flash, I saw his young life go through my mind from the day we found out I was expecting until the memorable day that he graduates from preschool.
I also thought of the life lessons that I wanted to pass on to my son. Much of them we have begun instilling in him. However, I wanted to write them down in the hopes that one day I can make a book out of this blog, and he can read them.
He has accomplished one milestone in his walk through life, and as he heads out into this world I want him to always remember these life lessons:
- Always put God first in anything you do in your life, and pray about it. If it's meant to be it will, if it's not God will remove it. He has a purpose, a reason and a time for everything.
- Learn to laugh at your mistakes, and missteps that is how we learn.
- Don't let anger get the best of you. Inhale, exhale.
- Remember where you come from. Embrace your uniqueness, and your two cultures. You are Black and Latino.
- Continue to be inquisitive. Always question the why, what, how, when and where.
- Be kind and generous. Give to others, and always remember those less fortunate than you.
- Respect others as you want them to respect you. Don't make fun of someone because he or she is different from you. We are all God's children.
- Education is vital. It's the stepping stone to bigger things in your life. Read, learn and live. Knowledge is power.
- Remember your manners: good morning, please, excuse me, etc.
- The planet we live on is not ours we coexist with other living creatures. Take care of it.
- Always smile! You never know who will see your smile, and you can make their day.
- Respect, and cherish your elders. They have a wealth of knowledge, and wisdom that someday you can use.
- Always be grateful, and don't forget to write thank you notes.
- Use your creativity! Your mother has encouraged you through painting, playing, arts & crafts, so put it to use.
- Always remember to put family first. They will always be there for you.
- Don't be afraid of trying new things or taking risks. Like your Abuela once told me, "There is nothing written about cowards, you only read of brave and courageous men and women..."
- Always speak the truth, even if it hurts.
- When looking for love, look for the one that will make you happy, and accept you for who you are.
- Don't forget to call your mom, even if it's to say "hey." :)
- Always remember that both your father and I love you unconditionally! We will always be there for you, and at times we may not agree with your decisions but know that we will support you always.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
What other life lesson would you add to this list? I would to hear from you! Please comment, like or share.