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Life Lessons for Teenagers by Rick Thomas

Getting to the point.  Read on. Added parenthetical comments are mine.
Lesson 1 – Your starting point will determine how you end. Start here: your parents are not perfect.  (neither are you. learn it.  there are always exceptions to the rule. that’s not the point. )

Lesson 2 – Life is not fair – get used to it!  (it’s not about fair. it’s about what’s right. do your part.)

Lesson 3 – The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.  (It’s not all about you.  The world is a big place.)

Lesson 4 – If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.  (They won’t give you extra credit to pass.)

Lesson 5 – Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.  (Even adults need to realize this.  Hard times calls for doing what it takes.)

Lesson 6 – If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.  (I believe parents bear some responsibility from the way they raised their children, but at some point, you have to stop blaming the past and the people from it.)

Lesson 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 thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Lesson 8 – Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. 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.  (For real!)

Lesson 9 – Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.  (Christian, your life is in Christ.  When all else fails, remember that.  You are not lost.  God knows where you are.  Stay faithful because you know He will.)

Lesson 10 – Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.  (Unless you’re my husband and a few of his friends.)

Lesson 11 – Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.  (Nerd is the new cool.  It’s attractive to be smart, don’t you know?!)

Lesson 12 – Your pain is your opportunity to mature. No matter what happens to you, it is on you to decide if you’re going to live for God or live for yourself.  (God disciplines those he loves.   It’s grace to learn from.  Take that to the grave.)


  1. June 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Reblogged this on chuei.

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