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To the Children, or Everything I’m Still Doing Wrong That Maybe You Won’t: Wisdom, Humor, and Random Notes from Someone Who Has No Business Giving Advice to Anyone

The students in my teen writing class told me I needed to write something inspirational for them, because a few are graduating this year. “But Mr. B, make it funny, too.”
“Like a graduation speech.”
“But funny.”
“Yeah, do it like you would do a graduation speech.”
“But not weird.”
“Yeah, don’t be weird about it.” Well—I gave it my best shot. “To the Children, or Everything I’m Still Doing Wrong That Maybe You Won’t: Wisdom, Humor, and Random Notes from Someone Who Has No Business Giving Advice to Anyone” Don’t get mad at yourself for not being a morning person. Some of the best people on earth are night owls, and Imelda Marcos loved being up at dawn. (I don’t know if that last part is true, but I’m sure you can Google it.) When two people are talking about something, it’s rude to stop their conversation to ask them what they’re talking about. Just eavesdrop until you get enough context clues to piece most of it together, and then join in with a half-formed opinion. Be the friend who p…