Tuesday, September 27, 2011

My response to the 11 Rules Facebook Post

A post going around Facebook:
This should be posted in every school or kid's bedroom. (11) rules kids will not learn in school. 
Rule 1 : Life is not fair - get used to it! 
Rule 2 : The world doesn't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself. 
Rule 3 : You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both. 
Rule 4 : If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
 Rule 5 : Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping - they called it opportunity. 
Rule 6 : If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them. 
Rule 7 : Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you think you are: So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room. 
Rule 8 : Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HASN'T. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. *This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life. 
Rule 9 : Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF - that's for your own time. 
Rule 10 : Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs. 
Rule 11 : Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one! ~Most recent rendition written by Charles J. Sykes...

How about posting this instead...
Rule 1:  Life may not always treat us fairly.  My hope is that you will give compassion to those who are the recipients of unfair treatment, and count your many blessings that come your way.
Rule 2:  Because the world may not care about your self-esteem, surround yourself with friends and family who do.  Treat yourself with the utmost respect.  In turn, share that respect with others.  When you do this, you will accomplish great things.  Remember, a simple smile can change someone’s life.
Rule 3: A job paying $60,000 may be nice, and it certainly can help ease financial worries but most young adults can expect to work hard and work long.  Follow your dreams, hold true to your desires.  Work is not work if you love it.  Money usually then follows.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, be your own teacher.  A teacher is just one person passing through our life.  You have the ability to teach yourself whatever you want to learn.  Seek out wise counsel.  If you then find you hate your boss, change your job.  
Rule 5: Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way.  If your first job is flipping burgers, flip them well.  Learn all you can and apply your knowledge.
Rule 6: Own your lessons, the good and the bad.  Celebrate the good, reflect on the not so good.  Every lesson is just that, a lesson.  An opportunity to learn from the moment and grow in wisdom.
Rule 7: Not all parents are equal.  If you are blessed to have ones that have treated you with kindness and fairness and helped you become your best self, thank them for their efforts.  Realize it was not always easy and they worked through their own frustrations, self-doubts and worries with your best interest always in the forefront of their heart.  If you parents did not do this for you, thank them anyway for giving you the gift of life, and become the parent you wish you had.
Rule 8: I agree.  School does not resemble real life in any way.  Opt out if you can and learn about life while living it.
Rule 9: Find yourself.  Seek out who you are and who you want to be.  Follow your religion, practice your mantra, set your goals, reach high.  A good employer will support your efforts for he or she knows that through them you will actualize your full potential.  
Rule 10:  Television is not real life.  Turn it off.  Keep it off as much as possible.  Be present in your own life, not in the pseudo life of the internet, chat rooms, forums, and gaming sites.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds.  Follow the Golden Rule.  We are all brothers and sisters of this earth. ~ by Jessica

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