Congratulations on graduating from high school! I am super proud (pronounced "prood," according to Richard Watterson) of you.
Life advice can also come from songs, books, movies, and other popular media. Like, for example, "Do or do not. There is no try" or "Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living" or "Oh well, whatever, never mind." And I'm not sure if you've noticed, but the Joel Suzuki books are no exception - they're practically bursting at the seams with little nuggets of wisdom that I implanted into the story, sometimes subtly, sometimes not. Here are a few of my favorites (imagine these being read over an ambient music track a la "Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreen"):
"Happiness is a state of mind." - Art, Secret of the Songshell
"Oftentimes, the journey is just as important, if not more so, than the destination." - Fireflower, Mystery of the Moonfire
"Worrying is a waste of time." - Art, Secret of the Songshell
"Don't be afraid to say what's on your mind, or to say how you feel about stuff." - Felicity, Mystery of the Moonfire
"Even though events happen that are beyond our control, ultimately, we are still the ones who decide upon our own direction." - Keeper of the Light, Legend of the Loudstone
"Stay in the moment. Have faith." - Nineteen, Secret of the Songshell
And so on. The thing to remember, though - and this is me giving advice about taking advice - is to listen to all of these messages, digest them, and then decide in the end what is really right for you and your life. Because what works for one person doesn't necessarily work for another, and sometimes learning through experience is the best way to go.
Anyway, congratulations again!
- Love, Dad
P.S. I know you already have your own copies of these, but in case anyone else out there wants their own, here's where to get them:
Joel Suzuki, Volume One: Secret of the Songshell
Joel Suzuki, Volume Two: Mystery of the Moonfire
Joel Suzuki, Volume Three: Legend of the Loudstone