I have always wanted to write a book.
I grew up with a father who was an English professor and a high school principal. He stressed four things to his two daughters:
Learn to stand on your own two feet.
Pursue a career that you love and don’t let others dissuade you.
Choose to meet the obstacles that you will face head-on.
Learn to read, write, and speak well. He told us these abilities would serve us in all situations and in any career.
I have come to recognize in the intervening years that he was absolutely right.