At the Marketing Excellence Awards dinner last month, I met a rising senior from a local university who reminded me of me. I’ll call him Ernie.
“To me, falling in love is like writing in dreams,” he said. “It’s so beautiful. It’s so true. Then you wake up, and it’s gone forever. And you realize you never really had it.”
I was impressed. When I was his age, I could not even have come to an event like this, due to the fact that my only tie still had ketchup on it from the last Valentine’s Day.
“Kid,” I said, “you should be a copywriter.”
“No way,” he said. “I only write from the heart.”
“That’s great,” I said. “Stay true to what you know. There’s no reason to give that up, ever. Keep writing from the heart, no matter what you’re writing.”
He said, “Right,” and looked away, bored.
Exactly as I would have done.
What about you? What advice would you give a young person who reminded you of you? Leave a comment below.
(And while you’re here, have another Robroy.)
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