These are a few things I would like my family to know if I ever were to kick the bucket unexpectedly. I say, “kick the bucket” because I want them to know how lightly I feel about death. I do not fear it. To be alive is far more terrifying than anything I can imagine.
First and foremost: I would want my family to know that I love them more than anything. I would want them to know that I am a man of God through and through, and I urge them to follow the same path.
This is what following the path of God means to me: It means to follow God in all his endeavors. It means to be loving and gentle hearted to every single person you ever meet. Love even that one person that is constantly tearing you down and making pulp out of your confidence. In my opinion, there is no higher display of loyalty to God than to love your enemies, except maybe to die to save another’s life in the name of God. If you ever have the chance to do a good deed in complete secret, do it.
What I would want for my family: Obviously I want for them to be happy in everything they do. Sometimes you have to work at a job that you hate, but you don’t have to hate it. Remember this. Whether or not you hate something is entirely up to you. I am a firm believer in this. The power of the mind is an incredible thing, and if you ever learn to love a crappy job that you had originally hated, be sure to tell me how you did it.
I also want you to pursue your dreams. Dad showed us how possible that really is. Even though it’s painful for him to see some of us quit a perfectly good job to pursue an unrealistic dream, deep down he wants for us to achieve our dreams. Do so in a way that you can make a living for yourself and achieve your dreams. Dad did it. That means we can too. Doesn’t matter what the dream might be. If you ever say the words, “I can’t.” Then you are lacking faith in yourself and in God. I believe with every fiber in my body that you can.
On dream chasing: You have to want this for yourself more than you want to breathe. There will be times when you think that you have grown sick of your dream, and you no longer want to pursue it. That’s the laziness in the back of your mind beating you down. My closest friend told me once, “You have to push through that barrier. Once you’re through, it feels like it was nothing at all.” Learn to work hard for your dream everyday. I also urge you to learn the lesson I learned in a book called, “Who Moved My Cheese”.
On being a man: God’s teachings really cover everything, but these are on a more specific note. Everyone deserves respect. Everyone. If you choose to stand aside during a fight, you are more of a man than the he who chooses to fight. Don’t hide yourself away from the world. I believe God does not want this. Learn to love getting out of your bubble.
These might be a few good things you could tell your family, if you ever had to say goodbye. Hope you enjoyed reading!