I urge you to be proactive when it comes to learning. I urge you to travel to where the educational opportunities exist. I would remind you that there will be many naysayers at every turn in the road of life. That is just the way it is. Do not let the ignorant scare you. Stand up for that in which you truly believe.
Let me close by saying that I would much rather prefer to be remembered as a "smart ass" than as a "dumb ass". I find neither comfort nor warmth within the blanket of ignorance to which I made reference in the opening paragraphs of this week's visit with you. But then again, that is just the way my parents raised the chubby kid from Freehold, New Jersey.