Today I am 25. Really. That 25 Celsius, or 78 Fahrenheit, if you insist. I have a message on this occasion for my dear grandchildren and grandchildren. You might be surprised to hear this, but it’s better to be 78 than 25. Of course, everyone who wants to be 78 someday, and who doesn’t, has to go through 25 to get there. It can not be helped.
For those of you who haven’t turned 25 yet, or even hit your teens, it’s you Charlie, Cadi, Buddy Miles, Madison, Dutch, Raleigh, Isabella and Caroline, take your time. Pace yourself, enjoy every year until you’re 25 and the HUGE number of years after 25, on the path of your life to someday be where I am today: 78 Fahrenheit. Every year is precious, and you have to get through each of them to someday get to where I am now.
Along the way, you will discover amazing things about stars and galaxies, about time and space, about health and disease, about winning and not winning, about loving people, about thousands of things, big and small, silly. and important. Every day, you will discover really interesting facts that you didn’t know about animals, science, art and music. These are just a few examples, there is so much more, too many things to list, or you would be wasting your bedtime.
But just think how much you’ll know when it’s 25 degrees Celsius or 78 Fahrenheit. Well, that’s me-78. Can you believe how much I must know about everything, almost?
I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. In the next few days, for just a penny, I, Popadon, 78 years old, will answer his questions. I’ll tell you what you want to know about anything. Remember, I am 78 Fahrenheit, every day since I was your age until now, I have learned things about nature, stars, time, space and other things. So don’t lose your luck, ask me a question. For just a penny.
But, there is a rule. There is a limit of three questions. So, think about what you really want to know. Choose the most important questions that come to mind. And here is the point. It doesn’t matter so much if I know the answers. Chances are I won’t, and I’ll admit it. You can Google the answers, or we can do it together. The idea is that you learn simply by asking questions.
Whenever you want to know something, ask a question. Never be afraid to do that. Don’t immediately accept the answers you get, especially if they seem a bit strange or just plain crazy. Wait a bit before believing that what others say are the answers. Maybe yes, maybe no. Wait until you have had time to think about the answers they give you and, if it is important, ask others what they think the answers are. Most of the time it won’t cost you a penny to ask questions or explore good answers. And most of the time there will be no limit to the number of questions you can ask.
And someday, in a long, long, long time, when it’s 78 Fahrenheit and you’re having a party and your grandchildren and grandchildren are asking you questions, they’ll really get their money’s worth.
I love you all. With a little random good fortune, your lives will be truly wonderful.