Everything gets easier the more you do it, good or bad, so choose your habits wisely.
Whether in photography, making music, woodworking, or cooking, the right equipment makes a difference in the finished quality of your work. What is money for if not to feed your passions? Invest in your talent.
It never works anyway.
You will be told at a young age what your talents are. Enjoy the compliments, but don’t accept them at face value. You don’t want to walk a narrow path; attempt things you aren’t comfortable with and uncover skills or proclivities you didn’t know you possessed.
Just go! Go visit your Peace Corps friend volunteering in Guatemala; go wear a fancy dress to the Daytime Emmys; go chat with the boys at the Ghanaian Soccer Academy benefit. When you get an invitation to do something out of the ordinary see it as a little microcosm of life’s possibilities and say “yes,” even if you’re tired, nervous, or uncertain. At least when you’re older, you’ll be able to reflect on your adventures, instead of regretting shiny bubbles of opportunity that floated away while you were moored to the couch.
You are doubtlessly going to engage in some unhealthy, unwise or otherwise questionable behavior somewhere along the line; this is part of learning your limits and establishing your comfort zone. Please have enough self-awareness to at least make the conscious choice to participate, rather then floating through life getting swept up in whatever trouble comes your way.
Some of the most joyous things in life can be grimy, sloppy, dirty mayhem. Gardening, baking, painting, camping, childbirth: All glorious messes!
Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.
John F. Kennedy
I wanted your name to be Zsu Zsu. You can thank your father that it isn’t.