If I were to be talking to my baby cousin whom I especially adore, as a matter of fact, I didn’t even care for little kids until he was brought into this world. Anyway, I’d tell him about all the things I believe in. The things I believe in would first love “you” more than anyone could. I think self confidence, self respect, and his self esteem are essential and I believe in reality. You have to work hard in life. There will be consequences for very decision that you make. I’d tell him that life is full of surprises and as long as he believes and have faith in God, he will see him through any obstacle. I believe that morals and values are what separate the good girls from the bad girls. My cousin is going to have girl problems I know because he is fine so I would tell him to make sure she has values and respects her self. I believe that family is important and to some degree is the foundation for his future. I’d tell him to have his on own mind and think for himself. To never live his life through someone else’s eyes. I believe that putting God first in everything you do is essential. I believe that you shouldn’t have kids out of wed-lock but in this day and age it is common. I would tell him I believe in safe sex. I’d tell him to have strength. I believe that you can be anything in this world that you want to be, if you set your mind to it. I believe in honesty and living your life to the fullest. I believe in communication because it minimizes misunderstandings and/or confusion. I believe in loyalty so I’d tell him to find friends that will always be there for him. I believe that only God can judge. I’d tell him to be original and to have his own mind. Always be a leader, not a follower. I believe in standing alone if necessary. I believe in compromise if it’s for a good cause. I’d tell him to keep his friends close, but his enemies even closer. I’d tell him to understand that life is not fair but make it work for him and never give up on his dreams. I’d tell him to have faith and trust that God will lead him in the right direction. To have his own voice but make sure he’s able to respect other people’s point of view. I’d tell him to share and not too be too selfish even though he is spoiled.
Last but not least, I believe that you should enjoy life as much as you can, I’d tell him to live it up while he’s young and not grow up too fast!
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