An Open Letter To A Girl Who Has A Birthday Today And Whose Email I Do Not Know

I've know you like to instant message your friends (I did too when I was younger), so you must have your own email. I am, however, unaware of what this email might be. So, you won't be getting one of those e-cards with a cute or funny animation wishing you a happy birthday. Instead, let me put where you are in your life in perspective with some other well-known people.

The big one-four.

I got my first email address when I was 14 (and there is no need to discuss how long ago that actually was).

At the age of 14:

-Ansel Adams took his first photograph with a Kodak box brownie camera, expecting to capture the beauty of Yosemite. Disappointed in the results, he persuaded the owner of a photofinishing plant to take him on as an apprentice.

-Wynton Marsalis appeared on stage with the New Orleans Philharmonic.

- Composer Franz Schubert began writing songs.

-Boxer Rocky Marciano dropped out of high school to help support his family.

-Author H. G. Wells left school at the age of 14.

-Danish fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen ran away to Copenhagen and became an apprentice at the Royal Theater.

-Painter Salvador Dali smashed a fellow student's violin in an effort to demonstrate the supremacy of painting over music.

-American statesman and military commander Sam Houston ran away from home to live with the Cherokee Indians.

I think the trend here is pretty clear. At your age, many famous people were either starting their careers or dropping out of school and running away from home. Do you know what you want to do yet? No?

Hmm… what does that say about what your plans should be sometime in the next year?

Happy Birthday.

Think about it.