A photograph of a 5 year old Freddy eyeing those bagels…
If you could go back in time and tell yourself something, teach yourself something, prepare yourself for life… What would you say?

Me?
Listen to your parents all the time, you do not have to agree with them. But listen, take notes and then when you are older read them. You would be surprised just how on target they were with most of their advice.

Before ingesting advice or emulating others, judge for yourself if that’s the advice or person you admire.

A title before a name, a scarring lifetime or an infatuation, does not qualify anyone to be emulated without thought.

One of my favorite people in the world was a holocaust survivor who was truly my hero. Does that mean I should live my life as he did? Of course not. Each of us has a battle we are fighting on several fronts. We use whatever ammunition we can find and we do our best to overcome each “enemy.”

Ask for help. Call in back up!
People love you and they want to be there for you.

Pick and choose very carefully though, everyone who has an ear also has a mouth.

PS I would tell myself, “Eat the bagel, put cream cheese, lox, and whatever you want on it. Savor each bite, each flavor…