Gary Shannon’s Cold, Hard Facts of Life
Here are a few bits of wisdom that most of us learn through experience. One thing I've learned is that the 'hard, cold facts of life' are not really all that hard or cold.
They should teach these in school, but they fit into a standardized test.
I'm going to start with a bit of a confession.
the confession is this: I grew up very spoiled. I didn't really have to start learning these things until I was well into adulthood, you know, last year. that's why I feel that these should be taught in school.
1. You have to be responsible for yourself. If you're sick, you have to call the doctor and take care of it, because no one else will do it for you and going crying to someone will just get you a lecture about the first sentence in this fact.
2. It's a smaller world than you think . . . remember that when you start burning bridges.
3. You're not going to succeed on your natural talent or intelligence. You might get by, but no matter how AMAZING you are or how amazing your parents and friends always SAY you are, you're going to have to work. Yeah, like I've ever had a real job.
4. Not everyone is going to like you and it's not worth your time, effort, or energy to try to make someone like you or figure out why they don't. Remember the first time you discovered someone didn't like you? Looking back, was it really that big of a deal?
5. Whatever stage of life you're in, you'll think it's impossibly difficult and everything you do is life-or-death . . . but when you get older and enter the next stage of life, you'll think back and realize how easy things were.