Unsolicited advice

What’s some good unsolicited wisdom, to send off a college freshman and aspiring writer? Well, there’s this.

“Succeeding,” whatever that might mean to you, is hard, and the need to do so constantly renews itself (success is like a mountain that keeps growing ahead of you as you hike it), and there’s the very real danger that “succeeding” will take up your whole life, while the big questions go untended… George Saunders’s Advice to Graduates – NYTimes.com

And this:

What makes a writer great? The same thing that makes a human great: Curiosity without ego, and generosity of spirit. No amount of talent is worth anything without kindness. Maria Popova

Kurt Vonnegut said it too: be kind. 

And, does it go without saying? Do your best. Call/text/write/visit when you can. Learn. Grow. Live. Be happy.  

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