I Allow My 8-Year-Old To Drink Alcohol. Help!
I WANT TO BE FAMOUS TO IMPRESS MY FRIENDS
Dear Willie D:
The other day after school my friends and me were standing outside waiting on the school bus watching a music video of Justin Bieber on Youtube. The video was just okay but it had over 10 million views and the girls who was watching kept saying how talented he is and how cute he looks. Everyday I go to school or talk to my friends, the only thing they talk about is celebrities and how much money they have. I can't sing or rap but I have cousins who live in California near Hollywood.
I was thinking maybe I could go live with them and start an acting career so that people will like me and think I'm important. But I don't know if my parents will let me because they will only let me stay overnight at one of my friends' house and I'm 14-years old. How can I convince them to let me move away to live with my cousins so that I can become a big star?
I'm not getting involved in that foolishness. If your only reason for wanting to become a star is for people to like you, even if you make it all the way to the top you will be sad and lonely. You see, some day when you're not on top - and that day will come - and your fans move on to the next hottest thing, if your head isn't right you just might put a gun to it. I've seen it happen. I also know celebrities who turned to drugs and alcohol as a means of escaping the reality that the cheers stopped because the fans are no longer interested in them.
You should focus on being yourself and doing you. That means doing something you have a passion for, not because it makes others happy. If you don't like what your friends talk about, get some new friends. People in the entertainment industry are among the most morally corrupt group of people in the world. They will sell their souls and unborn babies to get what they want. So be careful what you wish for.
It is better to sing in the shower alone and be happy, than to perform in front of thousands of people and be miserable.
DAD BEAT CANCER NOW HE'S SMOKING AGAIN
Dear Willie D:
My dad was diagnosed with stage 2 lung cancer in March of 2009. After chemotherapy and radiation treatment the cancer was completely removed. The experience brought my family closer. My sister moved back home and my brother and I started visiting more often. We started doing more family activities with my mother and father like going out to dinner, movie nights and cookouts.
One day while talking on the phone with my mom she started fussing at my dad about smoking cigarettes. I couldn't believe my ears. Being the oldest son the next day I stopped by to talk to my dad and expressed my concerns. He knows that continued smoking after being diagnosed with cancer lowers the chances of survival but he continues to do it anyway. I feel like he dodged a bullet when he went into remission but he has put himself right back in the line of fire.
What will it take to show him that he is killing himself?
I'm thinking his favorite suit and a pine box.
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