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I sent my son away from home at age 16. For all the right reasons. He is attending school in Europe, doing his grade 11 in Estonia’s most pedigreed high school. And he has the added luxury of spending his Christmas break with my friend who lives near Geneva, Switzerland. A world of opportunity has opened up for him. And I trust him to seize every moment of this school year. Tomorrow he is heading for a ski resort in the Alps. It’s just 4 months into the school year, boggles the mind to anticipate what further wonders await him. I read in the paper today, about a hockey player Morgan Rielly. His folks sent him to a hockey high school far from home, at the tender young age of 14. I get it. I completely empathize with the anxiety they must have felt at the time. And I hope that I will also experience the boundless joy and pride they must now feel many years after that gut wrenching split. They are now seeing their 19 yr old son playing professionally for the Toronto Maple Leafs. It won’t be hockey for my son, but it will certainly be something which he would never have found had he not undertaken this journey. So reach high, seek far and never let anybody else dictate the limits of what you can do. Defy all the odds, follow your passion and achieve. Embrace your failures for they define the path to your success. Walk tall, think proud and have fun! Happy New Year!

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Life is no brief candle for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

George Bernard Shaw

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