It is hard to believe that you are 15 years old now. Time has surely gone by you are so grown I can't believe it, I always thought that I would have had more time to spend with you while you were growing up, and guess what I blinked and you are already a teenager. I wanted to write to you and tell you some of the things that you can expect as you get older. I want you to always remember I may no longer be here, but I am never far away as long as you keep me in your heart.
You are about to embark on the greatest journey you will ever take. Life is full of pitfalls and obstacles along the way. It isn't going to be easy, but no one ever said that it was going to be. Don't get discouraged at things that happen because they are only temporary and will soon pass by. I am sorry to say that you are going to have to work only to pay bills and raise a family. But there is nothing more rewarding than seeing your children grow. Work can be boring, tedious and you are never going to feel that you are being paid for what you are worth, just remember that you have to start somewhere and there is only one way to go and that is up.
Stress of life and daily living might get you down from time to time, but focus on the things that make you happy and bring you joy. Spend as much time as you can with your family for you are going to need each other, because no one knows you better than they do. Love each other daily and be thankful for the things that you have worked so hard to get. Be wary of strangers that continually try to interfere or drag you down, they may people that you consider as friends. Your heart my son is the biggest target and your feelings will often be hurt, guard yourself against those that would use your kindness for weakness. There is nothing wrong with saying "No" and meaning it. You have to learn how to be selfish at times, otherwise you are going to get used.
Smile everyday and be thankful for your health and life. I wish I could tell you that life gets easier the older you get, but unfortunately that isn't going to be the case. You are going to be tested, tried and sometimes feel like "What's the use?" The secret to this my son is that everything that you go through hone you and make you stronger. You will be amazed at the things you are going to do. Do not be afraid to speak up for yourself, let your voice be heard, because all it takes is one person to change the world. There will come a time in your life when you are going to look back at your past from where you are at. I do not want you to feel sad or depressed, trust me when I tell you that you might feel disappointed because you are not where you thought you will be. The secret here is to look back at all you have accomplished, all the things you have been through and be proud of what you have done.
Keep in mind that the place where you are at is not the end of the road, but just one of many stops along the way. The path that you have taken is what matters, it is the path that gives you knowledge and strength, the path and all it's pitfalls, obstacles and traps are what have developed you and made you the man that you are. Love often and hard, show compassion and understanding to others, because it will be returned back to you. Cherish what you have because you have worked hard and long to get it. Don't let what other people say bother you, because at the end of the day they don't mean a thing. They don't pay your bills, nor do know what you truly are about.
Those that take from you more than they contribute are not truly friends, they are trying to benefit from your suffering and pain. You cannot choose who your family is, but if they are not meeting your needs create your own family and support network that you can depend on. For those are the people the truly love and care about you. If there is one thing that I could teach you and help you to understand. Happiness is not something that you can find, it comes from with in. You create your own happiness, don't let anyone take it away. Prosperity my son is something that you can achieve easily, all you have to do is be happy and content with what you have where ever you are at in your life. You will see what I mean, just trust me.
No matter what you think you are never alone, God is with you always and hears all your prayers and cries. When you are weary and tired God will carry you through, open your heart in prayer and know that it will be answered. I wish I could be there with you my son as you grow older, but since that cannot be. I would say to you what my grandfather once told me.
"A man does not leave their mark upon the world, by how much money he has, or what they own, but by how many lives they have touched and who remember them once they are gone." Explore your talents, always do what you love, because if you love what you do, your passion will shine through. Money is an elusive thing but if you follow your heart and do what you are passionate about the money will follow.
I love you my son and I hope that by reading this it will help you along your journey of life. I will see you when you get to the other side. We will see each other in heaven you have my promise.
I love you,