32-Years of Musings For My Kids


I’m turning 32 today. When you have kids, you tend to reflect on your life with your kids in mind. So here are 32 musings I would like to pass on to them when the time’s right. 

  1. Be picky with what you watch. If nothing’s on, do something else.
  2. Wait tables. But get out fast. The experience will make you humble.
  3. Make friends with the quietest person in the room. They’re the ones who who typically have the most to say.
  4. Read at least one book a month.
  5. Always finish your homework as fast as you can. Then graduate early.
  6. Don’t ask for advice. You’ll get it anyway. Listen to it, but make your own decisions.
  7. Your best friend is not just a friend. He is a brother/she is a sister.
  8. Pursue what you want to do with every fiber of your being. People will tell you it’s impossible. That’s because they’re the ones who gave up.
  9. When you fall in love, fall hard. If it doesn’t work out, your parents will be here to catch you.
  10. But if it does work out, we’ll be here to support you.
  11. However, we won’t always be here. That’s why I’m telling you this now.
  12. Life sucks and the world is brutal. I have nothing to add here except that we’re all in this together.
  13. Sing as much as you can. In public if you’re good.
  14. Find your most favorite food in the world and make up every excuse to eat it.
  15. Don’t do drugs or get drunk. The aftermath isn’t worth it.
  16. Above all, stay away from porn. It’s the biggest thief on the planet.
  17. A thoughtful text goes a lot further than a Hallmark card. And it’s free.
  18. Discover your passion then work hard. Not the other way around.
  19. If you can’t find your passion, search hard by exploring the world.
  20. If you can’t explore the world, listen to the cries of people around you. You’ll probably find your passion there.
  21. If you’e the CEO of a company, or a boss, or a supervisor, take care of your employees first. Make them happy. This will make your job easier and the company better.
  22. If you work under any of those people, challenge them. But be nice about it. They have room to grow and you have ideas to share. If they don’t listen, it’s their loss. Find something better.
  23. Speak up. I have never seen a reason not to. But I’ve regretted every time I didn’t.
  24. You will never get a big break. Don’t ever expect it. That way, if it does come, you’ll be that much more surprised.
  25. Stay in shape so you have energy for your friends and family.
  26. Write/tweet/message every famous person you admire.
  27. Visit the great Northwest. Then Colorado. Then I dare you to chose what’s better. I still can’t decide.
  28. Always leave at least ten minutes early.
  29. Stay out of debt.
  30. Always ask yourself how you can make your life better. Then do it.
  31. To the world you will always be just a number. But to your dad you will always be Number 1.
  32. Try to avoid being cheesy. If you figure out how to do that, then teach me how.

About Andrew Toy
I'm in the beginning stages of starting my own publishing company that's unlike anything you've ever heard of in the industry. The direction of AdoptingJames is taking a 90-degree turn and will be more writing/publishing-focused. Stay tuned for huge updates and exciting news!

31 Responses to 32-Years of Musings For My Kids

  1. Annette Rochelle Aben says:

    HBTY! HBTY! HB Dear Andrew!! HBTY! and MANY more! 🙂

  2. twenty7zero3 says:

    What a beautiful list, I adore this.
    Happy birthday 🙂

  3. Happy birthday, Andrew!

  4. It’s your birthday but that list is the perfect present. B Blessed! 🙂

  5. amo says:

    Happy Birthday!

  6. bernasolis says:

    So touching! This is not just for your children but lessons to everyone who’ll read this. 🙂

  7. That’s fantastic! What wonderful life lessons.

  8. thewriteedge says:

    Happy belated birthday, Andrew. What a wonderful list of advice! Your children will definitely appreciate it when they’re older. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead full of much joy, good health, and great success!

  9. Happy belated birthday!
    Love it! Thinking of making this list. I turned 28 last September 😀

  10. iamdaphneblake84 says:


  11. Happy belated birthday. Good list.

  12. Just love it all! But 25 and 14 might just be a conflict of interest since my fave food is chocolate. ;-). Thanks for following me so I could retrace the breadcrumbs back to this great blog!

  13. JustHerMum says:

    Brilliant entry. I shall look forward to perusing your blog and thank you for also being the first person to follow mine!

  14. cristi says:

    I am behind on my reading…loving catching up on your blog! This is one of my favorites 🙂 I hope you had a lovely birthday. Blessings to you and your family this new year!

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