This is a completely personal post, so in an effort not to stray into tangential idiocy, I will provide you with my short list of what life has taught me. I certainly don’t follow all to the letter, but I wouldn’t mind reaching that goal some day. Feel free to rant in “Comments.”
1. How you think and behave effects how you feel. It is not necessarily the other way around.
2. Be kind. Everyone is struggling with their own battles…even if you feel compelled to make assumptions about people, what they are dealing with may not visible (even to them).
3. GPA doesn’t matter. No one asks on the job interview…”So what was your GPA?” Someone is seeing the Dr. who made the lowest grade and who knows maybe he/she is the best in the field, just not in the books.
4. Learn how to do your own laundry and do your dishes.
5. Antithetical to the school experience is the concept that …Being different is NOT a crime. Learn to value the differences. It kills boredom and makes for a far more interesting experience.
6. No honest work (trash pick up, fast-food jockey…) is below your dignity. Be happy someone is doing it and it may be you.
7. Life is not fair. It can be fun, interesting, worthwhile but not necessarily all the time and it is definitely not fair. Therefore we are not entitled to anything and everything, just because we think we are. Life is not fair. I’m sorry, did I say this enough? Life…y’know that thing you’re going through right now? Just wanna let you know…not necessarily fair. I hope it goes easy for you, but consider yourself warned.
8. Emotional self-reliance is not taught in school, and it is my honest opinion that it should be. But as previously stated, life is not fair . SO I have taken it upon myself to go into a few grammar and high schools and teach classes in such skills. Why? Refer to #7. I’d like to even the odds and chances for success.
9. Unless you take an advanced degree in business or some such thing, school teaches you very little about becoming financially independent or how to avoid financial devastation. Learn it well and learn it early.
10. Say “thank you,” and “nicely done,” and “let me help you with that…” as necessary and as often as possible.
There are so many more, but this was written during a prolonged fit of insomnia and it is now time to go wake up the chickens. Have a great day and don’t let #7 get ya down.