1 - Know that you are loved. Always. Forever. Loved.
2 - That part of you that is of strong mind, and strong opinion, and knows what you think and doesn't mind saying it? Never lose that.
3 - Good manners are important. Have good manners. Surround yourself with others who have good manners.
4 - Learn how to change a tire.
5 - Learn how to change your oil.
6 - Learn how to use a drill.
7 - Learn how to shoot a gun.
8 - Everything you learn to do, learn the proper way to do it. Learn the basics, the fundamentals. Don't take the "easy" way out. No cheats. Learn it right.
9 - We have taught you that there are consequences to every thing that you do. Doing good brings good consequences. Doing bad brings bad consequences. That will not change.
10 - Never let anyone convince you that your shyness is a fault, something to be corrected. It is how God made you, and that's okay.
11 - Work hard. Most of your success in life will be based not on luck, but on work.
12 - I love you. Always. Every minute of every day. Even when we fight.
13 - Memorize your license plate and important phone numbers. Doesn't seem as necessary in our digital age, but there will be a situation in which you cannot access your stored data via electronic device. Have it in your head as well.
14 - Memorize Bible verses. And worship songs. No one can ever take away what you have stored in your heart and mind.
15 - Never approach a strange pet without first asking the owners. Even when you are grown, this is just good practice.
16 - Play outside. Sit outside. Be outside.
17 - You are beautiful. Never let anyone convince you otherwise.
18 - Meet people from different cultures, who speak different languages, who look differently than you. Make friends with them. Love them.
19 - Work harder at the things that are hard for you. Don't take the easy way out.
20 - Delayed gratification is always better than instant gratification. Always.
21 - Learn how to cook. Have at least a few meals that you can do well.
22 - Learn the basics of sewing.
23 - Listen to your father.
24 - Participate in the arts. Music. Dance. Painting. Choose your medium, but be artistic. There is a divinity in creating beauty that cannot be experienced elsewhere.
25 - Know why you believe what you believe. Test it. Repeatedly. Question it. Challenge yourself. Stretch yourself. But know this for yourself.
26 - When you find the one whom your soul loves, hold on to it. Tightly. Dearly. Fight for it. Don't ever take it for granted or let it go without a fight.
27 - Never let a man hit you. If he hits you, he does not love you, no matter what his words say.
28 - Work to figure things out for yourself. But be willing to ask for help when needed.
29 - Celebrate the holidays. Have traditions. Enjoy yourself.
30 - Learn the difference between like, lust, and love. Sometimes the lines can seem blurred. Don't let them blur.
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