Tomorrow, my son Brandon graduates from the University of Colorado, Leeds School of Business with an Accounting degree. Unless he goes on to graduate school, this is our last graduation and a tremendous accomplishment for Brandon.
He's worked so hard these past four years, not only in class but at the indoor soccer facility and as a bank teller for the past year. Working 30+ hours a week and graduating from an outstanding Business School is no easy task.
On top of all that, Brandon has developed into an outstanding young man. He took full advantage of his years in college and matured more than anyone could have expected. He surrounded himself with good friends and generally made good decisions. And when he didn't make a good decision, he learned from it.
Brandon is going to be a tremendous asset to the world we live in, that I know for sure. I am very proud of him.
Brandon, should you happen to stumble upon this blog post one day, In exchange for the four years of paying a portion of your tuition, your rent, your books and much of your entertainment, I wanted to let you know just a few of the things I want in return:
I want you to be a decent human being.
I want you to be who you are, not who you think someone else needs/wants you to be.
I want you to work hard at everything you do, because life is too short not to give it everything you’ve got.
I want you to ask for help when you need it.
I want you to help others when they need it.
I want you to learn how to cook, do your own laundry, pay your bills and know how to clean a bathroom.
When you screw up, and you will, more than once, I want you to own it, because it’s the screw-ups that make the victories sweeter.
I want you to travel, because the world is huge and you are one tiny part of it.
I want you to feed your curiosity.
I want you to find a way to do what you love, and realize that might look different than you originally thought.
I want you to respect every human being’s right to be who they are.
I want you to sometimes be more interested in someone else than in yourself.
I want you to know that you are flawed and you are extraordinary. There is no one else like you.
I want you to know that I would lay down my life for you any day of the week.
I want you to realize how lucky you are every once in awhile even if only for an instant.
I want you to know love, even if it means getting hurt.
I want you to relax and not feel guilty or stressed all the time. Things often have a way of working themselves out if you let them.
I want you to know life can be brutally hard and awfully unfair.
I want you to know that you can choose happiness no matter what is going on around you.
I want you to laugh a lot.
I want you to know that no matter what, I will never stop loving you.