Well, first I wish you love. And I wish it’s easily reciprocated. But if it’s not I hope you find the strength to pursue it.
There is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline no matter how many times it’s sent away.
But you lose it, I hope you are quick in forgetting. And when you do, do it without resentments.
Later I wish you are never alone.
But if you are, feel the loneliness without despair.
I also wish you have many friends and even if they are irresponsible and reckless, I hope they are courageous and loyal.
I wish in at least one you can trust without doubts.
And because life is the way it is, I also wish you enemies.
Not many. Not few.
Just enough so sometimes you can reevaluate your certainties.
I also wish you confidence, but never enough to make you think you are irreplaceable.
And in bad times, when there’s nothing left, I hope this confidence is enough to keep you on your feet.
While at it, I wish you tolerance and understanding.
But not with those who make few mistakes, because that’s easy.
But with those who screw up repeatedly and irreparably.
I hope this tolerance and understanding can be a good example to others.
I wish that while you are young, you don’t try to mature too quickly.
But when you do, I wish you don’t insist in getting younger.
But above all, when you finally get old, do not feel desperate. Each age has its pleasures and its pains and you need to let them run their course within you.
I also wish you some sadness.
Not the whole year.
Not a whole month or a whole week.
Only for one day.
And on that day, I hope you learn that daily laughter is good
But constant laughter is insanity.
I hope you discover, with the utmost urgency, that there are oppressed people all around you.
Be grateful you are not one of them.
Be their voice. Join their fight.
I wish you money, because its practical and fun.
But at least once a year, put a portion of it in front of you and say:
“This is mine.”
So you remember who owns who.
I also hope none of your loved ones die. Both for them and for you.
But if they do, I hope you can cry without self-blaming and suffer without resentments.
I also wish you change. Not much. Just a little every year. Not for others. But for you. Change is progress and it’s important to improve ourselves every day.
Finally, I wish you integrity and I hope you become a good man.
And you find a good woman that will love you just the way you are.
And when you do, appreciate her. People come and go, but to a precious few you should hold on.
And when you do, I hope you learn to love her slowly.
Love at first sight is infatuation. Real love grows.
And as weird as it may sound, I also hope you two argue at least once a week, so you both remember you are unique individuals with independent personalities.
And if all this happens, I have nothing more to wish you.