To my daughter Mary Brianna Shamblin,
 
From time to time, I feel it important to leave you messages in a bottle, as it were, in the hope that you will find them one day when you most need them. This is but one of many that I have left for you. I believe that this new Library of Alexandrea we have created, now known as the Internet, will be preserved for all time and I have placed your messages in places where I believe a high probability of being archived at some point in the future. I may have passed into the darkness by the time you find this and maybe now you need to hear my voice now more than ever. This is my message to you my little one.
 
There are times in a man’s life when he looks into the eyes of his little girl and realizes he must change the world for her. That’s what I did for you. Even before I first met you and you held my hand so tightly; I knew I must change the world for you. Your impending arrival altered my path. I chose to become a nurse first in order to secure a certain quality of life for you. I soon realized that was not enough, I could become more than that. After all, that’s what it is to be human; to make yourself more than what you are. I then set my path to becoming a physician. It has enabled me to provide you with the life you deserve. Always set your goals in life high with enough work and perseverance you will achieve them and when that goal is conquered set another one even higher. Yet they do not have to be linear; work them in parallel when feasible. Remember what I taught you; things are only impossible until they’re not; there is a solution to every puzzle it’s only a matter of finding it and sometimes you have to Kobayashi Maru that bad boy to make it work i.e. change the rules of the game or better put redefine the problem. Your father doesn’t believe in a no-win scenario and neither should you.
 
Be kind to others. Anger for its own sake can be a weakness. So do not allow it to cloud your judgement. Righteous indignation is another matter. The strong should always lend a hand up to the weak and not a hand out. I have seen your temper and it can mirror my own. However, it must be controlled. The sword of anger is double edged and it can cut you just as deeply as your opponent when allowed to freely swing this way and that way. Controlled it can be a formidable weapon for good and positive change. Never let the sun go down on your uncontrolled anger.
 
There will be times in life where you feel overwhelmed and you cannot continue. I want you to remember that I am part of you; now and always. So let my strength become your strength. I do not give up. I am tenacious and when I set my sights to the next frontier, I am unstoppable. Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is filled with educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
 
There is one final lesson I want to remind you of in this letter. Believe in yourself and your own great potential. Note the time stamp on the file little one. Some of the events have yet to take place. As I’m writing you now I am still a nurse and have not yet even been accepted to Medical School. I find it improbable that you will remember your father as a nurse so I chose to write you as the physician that I will become. Note your indomitable father; “it’s not a matter of if but when”. You too have that same indomitable spirit and that same great potential; always remember that I am part of you!
 
With All My Love,
Dr. Jonathan Matthew Shamblin, D.O.

August 28th 2016

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