Last year, right before my grandmother passed away, but had already moved out of her house into a nursing home; I went through some of her family keepsakes. I came across this letter, which was written by my great grandfather to a family friend in July of 1953. I never met my great grandfather and I really have no idea why he wrote this letter, but I decided if I had followed this advice every day of my life, I would have avoided nearly every mistake I ever made. It has resonated with my ever since and has become my life motto.
Feel free to read the letter yourself, but here are the key points:
- Choose a vocation where you can always support yourself.
- Study hard and consistently.
- Don’t waste time.
- Be at the head of your class.
- Don’t be a big wheel in a club or be the most active in outside activities, that type of person isn’t the most successful one in his/her field.
- The vocation of a NURSE is a high calling.
- Have an interest in people.
- Marry someone who has ambition and a good family.
- If your partner’s parents are kind and considerate, he will probably be kind and considerate.
- Don’t marry him for his money.
- Marry him because he loves you and you love him, money will come later.
- Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses.
- Try and save 25% of your income.
- Go without rather than get in debt.
- Don’t be in debt to anyone.
I’m still an ever-evolving work in progress, but thanks great grandpa for the guide; you must have known something.
This was too formative to keep to myself. I hope you all enjoy!