Rules for Riley
While awake for a 3:00 AM feeding and diaper change with my newborn girl, Riley, I noticed that my brain was working as tirelessly as my body was. There had been such a big change in those past few days and the thoughts floating around in my head felt a bit more important — I may have also been a bit sleep deprived. But I got myself thinking about this new reality: what it meant for me, and more importantly, what it meant for her. Squinting through one bloodshot eye, I wrote some notes: “Rules for Riley. Rule 1: The Illusion of Reality…” The next morning, I took those half-baked thoughts and I wrote my first rule. The first of many that I will write for my daughter, to help guide her as she becomes a strong, intelligent woman; To help her define her values, and to find meaning in the world around her. To help her, one day, pass these values to the next generation.
I decided to share these rules because I think many can benefit from the thought exercises that these are meant to provoke. Although you may not agree with them all, I hope that they can help open your mind and let your creative intellect wander.
Each rule will be added to this list as they are written:
These rules are meant to be bite-sized life lessons that lay a foundation to learn from. They are designed to help cultivate strength, insight, and wisdom as a part of your life. These rules are not definitive and should be used as thought provoking-exercises. These rules are not written in any particular order.