Rules For Kids
Life's Rules For Kids:
Rule No. 1: Life is not fair. Get used to it. The average teen-ager uses
the phrase "It's not fair" 8.6 times a day. You got it from your
parents, who said it so often you decided they must be the most
idealistic generation ever. When they started hearing it from their own
kids, they realized Rule No. 1.
Rule No. 2: The real world won't care as much about your self-esteem as
much as your school does. It'll expect you to accomplish something
before you feel good about yourself. This may come as a shock. Usually,
when inflated self-esteem meets reality, kids complain that it's not
fair. (See Rule No. 1)
Rule No. 3: Sorry, you won't make $40,000 a year right out of high
school. And you won't be a VP or have a car phone either. You may even
have to wear a uniform that doesn't have a Gap label.
Rule No. 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait 'til you get a
boss. He doesn't have tenure, so he tends to be a bit edgier. When you
screw up, he's not going to ask you how you feel about it.
Rule No. 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your
grandparents had a different word for burger flipping. They called it
opportunity. They weren't embarrassed making minimum wage either. They
would have been embarrassed to sit around talking about Kurt Cobain all
Rule No. 6: It's not your parents' fault. If you screw up, you are
responsible. This is the flip side of "It's my life," & "You're not the
boss of me," & other eloquent proclamations of your generation. When you
turn 18, it's on your dime. Don't whine about it, or you'll sound like a
Rule No. 7: Before you were born your parents weren't as boring as they
are now. They got that way paying your bills, cleaning up your room &
listening to you tell them how idealistic you are. And by the way,
before you save the rain forest from the blood-sucking parasites of your
parents' generation, try delousing the closet in your bedroom.
Rule No. 8: Your school may have done away with winners & losers. Life
hasn't. In some schools, they'll give you as many times as you want to
get the right answer. Failing grades have been abolished & class
valedictorians scrapped, lest anyone's feelings be hurt. Effort is as
important as results. This, of course, bears no resemblance to anything
in real life. (See Rules No. 1, 2 & 4)
Rule No. 9: Life is not divided into semesters, & you don't get summers
off. Not even Easter break. They expect you to show up every day. For 8
hours. And you don't get a new life every 10 weeks. It just goes on and
on. While we're at it, very few jobs are interested in fostering your
self-expression or helping you find yourself. Fewer still lead to
self-realization. (See Rules No. 1 & 2)
Rule No. 10: Television is not real life. Your life is not a sitcom.
Your problems will not all be solved in 30 minutes, minus time for
commercials. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop
to go to jobs. Your friends will not be as perky as Jennifer Aniston.
Rule No. 11: Be nice to nerds. You may end up working for them. We all
Rule No. 12: Smoking doesn't make you look cool. It makes you look
moronic. Next time you're out cruising, watch an 11-year-old with a butt
in his mouth. That's what you look like to anyone over 20. Ditto for
"expressing yourself" with purple hair &/or pierced body parts.
Rule No. 13: You are not immortal. (See Rule No. 12.) If you are under
the impression that living fast, dying young, & leaving a beautiful
corpse is romantic, you obviously haven't seen one of your peers at room
Rule No. 14: Enjoy this while you can. Sure, parents are a pain,
school's a bother, & life's depressing. But someday you'll realize how
wonderful it was to be a kid. Maybe you should start now.
[ Author Unknown -- from 'Buffalos Chips' (buffalos-g-jokes.yahoogroups.com) ]
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