Dear Seth，You’re only three years old， and at this point in your life you can't read， much less understand what I’m going to try to tell you in this letter. But I've been thinking a lot about the life that you have ahead of you， about my life so far as I reflect on what I've learned， and about my years.
You won't be able to understand this letter today， but someday， when you're ready， I hope you will find some wisdom and value in what I share with you.
You are young， and life has yet to take its toll1 on you， to throw disappointments and heartaches and loneliness and struggles and pain into your path. You have not been worn down yet by long hours of thankless work， by the slings2 and arrows of everyday life.
For this， be thankful. You a， but they are not without their costs and perils3.
I hope to help you along your path by sharing some of the best of what I've learned. As with any advice， take it with a grain of salt. What works for me might not work for you.
Life Can Be Cruel
you're different， or for no good reason. They might try to bully4 you or hurt you.
There's not much you can do about these people except to learn to deal with them， and learn to choose friends who are kind to you， who actually care about you， who make you feel good about yourself. When you find friends like this， hold on to them， treasure them， spend time with them， be kind to them， love them.
another thing you'll have to learn to deal with. But instead of letting these things get you down， disappointment and learn to persevere5， to pursue your dreams despite pitfalls6. Learn to turn negatives into positives， and you'll do much better in life.
You will also face heartbreak and abandonment by those you love. I hope you don't have to face this too much， but it happens. Again， not much you can do but to heal， stepping stones to better things in life， them to make you stronger.
But Be Open to life Anyway
Yes， you'll find cruelty and suffering in your journey through life … but don't let that close you to new things. Don't retreat from life， don't hide or wall yourself off. Be open to new things， new experiences， new people.
You might get your heart broken 10 times， but find the most wonderful woman the 11th time. If you shut yourself off from love， you'll miss out on that woman， and the happiest times of your life.
You might get teased and bullied7 and hurt by people you meet … and then after meeting dozens of jerks， find a true friend. If you close yourself off to new people， and don't open your heart to them， you'll avoid pain … but also lose out on meeting some incredible people， who will be there during the toughest times of your life and create some of the best times of your life.
You will fail many times but if you allow that to stop you from trying， once you reach new heights with your 8
You will meet many people who will try to outdo you， in school， in college， at work. They'll try to have nicer cars，， nicer clothes， cooler gadgets9. To them， — they have to do better than their peers to be happy.
It's a journey. If you spend that journey always trying to impress others， to outdo others， you’re wasting your journey. Instead， learn to enjoy the journey. Make it a journey of Happiness， of constant learning， of continual improvement， of love.
or anything material， or even a better-paying job. None of that matters a whit10， and none of it will make you happier. You'll acquire these things and then only want more. Instead， learn to be satisfied with having enough — the time you would have wasted trying to earn money to buy those things … that time doing things you love.
Find your passion， and pursue it doggedly11. Don't settle for a job that pays the bills. Life is too short to waste on a job you hate.
Love Should Be Your Rule
If there's a single word you should live your life by， it should be this: Love. It might sound corny， I know … me， there's no better rule in life.
Their lives will be stressful， unhappy and shallow.
Others would live by the rule of selfishness — putting their needs above those of others. They will live lonely lives， and will also be unhappy.
— trying to show the right path， and admonishing12 anyone who doesn't live by that path. They are concerned with others， but in a negative way， to live with，
Live your life by the rule of love. Love your 13， your children， your parents， your friends， with all of your heart. Give to them what they need， and show them not cruelty nor disapproval14 nor coldness nor disappointment， but only love. Open your soul to them.
Love not only your loved ones， but your neighbors … your coworkers … strangers … your brothers and sisters in humanity. Offer anyone you meet a smile， a kind word， a kind gesture， a helping15 hand.
Love not only neighbors and strangers … but your enemy. The person who is cruelest to you， who has been unkind to you … love him. He is a tortured soul， and most in need of your love.
And most of all， love yourself. While others may criticize you， learn not to be so hard on yourself， to think that you’re ugly or dumb or unworthy of love … but to think instead that you are a wonderful human being， worthy16 of Happiness and love … and learn to love yourself for who you are.
Finally， know that I love you and always will. You are starting out on a weird17， scary， daunting18， but ultimately incredibly wonderful journey， and I will be there for you when I can. Godspeed.
Love， Your Dad