Rules for the youth...

  1. Rule 1: Life is not fair ... get used to it.

    Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem.
    However, the world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you
    start feeling good about yourself.

    Rule 3: You will NOT make $40,000 a year right out of high school, and 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 until you get a boss.

    Rule 5: Flipping burgers at McDonalds should not be 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 are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents' generation, try delousing the closet in your own bedroom.

    Rule 8: Your school may have done away with recognizing that there are winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have even abolished failing grades, and they'll give you as much time as you want to get the right answer on an exam. 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. You are supposed to do that on your own time.

    Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop, and go out and find a job.

    Rule 11: Be nice to NERDS. Chances are you will end up working for one.
  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   Kelly_the_Great
    dah, dah, da, d, daahhh! i'm lovin' it!
  4. by   Jessy_RN
  5. by   jnette
    excellent !!!

    good job, roy !
  6. by   weetziebat
    So very true! Thanks, Roy
  7. by   leslie :-D
    you should post this on the other bb where you're a moderator.
    nothing like a dose of kick-you-in-your-butt reality.
  8. by   Katnip
    That sounds a lot like a speech Bill Gates made at his alma mater one year. Good advice no matter where it comes from.
  9. by   Thunderwolf
    They should post this on the school walls upon entering the door.
  10. by   SouthernLPN2RN
    I'm going to have to save that one for future years, lol!
  11. by   Tweety
    Love it!

    This could have been written 25 years ago to the generation prior. But we had to learn those lessons ourselves. This generation will too. We didn't turn out all that bad, despite all the doom and gloom predicted on us by our parents generation.
  12. by   bethin
    Love it.
  13. by   suebird3 and i are only a few years apart. yes, our generation was supposed to "head to hell in a handbasket". guess what.....some of our kids are doing just that. too many parents being "friends" and not parents.

  14. by   Fun2, RN, BSN

    Suebird.....that's a cause from the doom of

    "ROCK -N- ROLL!"