Listen, kid; you’ve got these dreams, and you’ve got that star in your eye, but you look at the world and you’re not sure you can get there. You’ve got those people around you who are telling you that some day, all this pain, struggle, and difficulty is going to be worth it; I’m here to tell you that’s a lie. None of this will mean a damn thing unless you draw meaning from it. Nothing has purpose until you breathe purpose into it. If you think you’re just gonna wake up one day and everything is going to line up and it will all make sense, you’re a chump. I’m not gonna sugarcoat this for you; some stuff you just can’t change. There are certain obstacles you won’t overcome. Now, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try, it just means the lesson you get from those things isn’t going to be about triumph, but about persistence, failure, and learning to live with tough truths. Not everything is going to go your way; if you’re anything like me, your life is going to be a train wreck until your dying breath. HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the ride from time to time. Living in this world can be difficult (and it can be downright infuriating if you have a half-way decent brain in your head.) If things are tough, you just have to be tougher; and for god’s sake, be a better man than I am. Don’t be bitter; learn to take things in stride and be content. Don’t be angry; enjoy yourself, relax, and bask in the glory that grows all around you. Don’t be worrisome; do what you can, work your ass off, and learn to accept the outcome. Whistle through your teeth and spit, kiddo; acknowledge the pain and the struggle, then let go of the pit in your stomach and move forward. Now, that’s a heck of a lot easier said than done; that’s why I’m giving the advice instead of following it. You see, I am a firm believer that you have no value as a person until you choose to. I think every being has unending potential, but they limit themselves, intentionally and unintentionally. Don’t be like so many of us who give up in the hard times and fall to where we know we fit; press on, be better, be more, and rise to where you belong. I’m not saying you’re going to make a million dollars a day, or that you’ll have a comfortable life; that stuff doesn’t matter. I’m telling you that you can be a better person, and your life will be good. You’ll never be without food or a place to stay, because people around you will recognize that greatness within you, and they will respect it. Not everyone, mind you, but at least one person, and that’s all you need. Just one person who sees the value you have accrued, who sees the person you have become, and is willing to give you what you need when you need it the most. Life is rotten, but you don’t have to let it make you bitter and rotten yourself. You’re better than that…or at least you can be.