My father was a country boy who didn't act or sound like one, and a high school graduate who read all the time. The few books he owned were mostly by philosophers. He led me to believe that there’s more to life than meets the eye, and that we cal all know more and do more than we think. He gave me some great advice about life that has helped me every step of the way. Here's a small sample.
Do a job as long as you love it and you think you have something distinctive to contribute. If either of those things changes, you need to make a change.
Life is supposed to be a series of adventures. Each one is preparing you for the next one in ways you sometimes can't even imagine. Be open for what's coming.
When you learn how to relax your body, you'll learn how to relax your mind.
Never forget the small joys of childhood. Never outgrow your eagerness to play. Try to have a little fun every day.
The Power of your mind is greater than you know. Learn how to use it. Quiet your racing thoughts. Turn down the volume. Then, the deeper areas of your mind can percolate upward and tell you what you need to hear.
Nature can be our best classroom. We can learn from its ways. But to do that well, we have to get outside and pay attention to what we see in the smallest natural things. And we have to remember that nature is not just around us, but also in us, too.
Take your time. Patience in your work allows your art, whatever it is, to grow and reach its capacity for beauty and usefulness.
Go fly a kite. Skip a stone across some water. Use a Yo-Yo. Try target practice with a sling shot. Build something just for fun. Your childhood is still inside you and needs a little care and attention now and then.
You never have to ask "What do I want to do for the rest of my life?" You just have to ask "What do I want to do next?" The rest of your life will take care of itself.
Read good books. Life is too short to read bad books, and too important and challenging not to read books at all. Invest in yourself. Read good books.