I thought I’d just ‘shake the tree’ for a change…
I loved this picture and decided it was time to share it with a few close friends.
Here’s my own guide to life…
So here we are…
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 messed 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 thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet on your own room.
Rule 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.
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. 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 to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds, chances are you’ll end up working for one.
Rule 12. Nobody instantly loves you, but your family (and that’s not guaranteed) every one else bases the relationship on what is in it for them and when the answer is ‘nothing’, they will be gone.
Of course, you will find them again. On Facebook.
Rule 13. You should outlive your pets and your children should outlive you. Any other order is a tragedy.
Rule 14. It’s better to live life as a lion than a sheep, unless you like long winters doing nothing and wearing woolly jumpers.
Rule 15. You are allowed to do as many naughty/bad things as your want to, UNTIL you find out that they are naughty and bad. Then your conscience will spoil all enjoyment from that moment on.
Rule 16. Only one person will be present at every stage of your life until the very end. Be true to yourself first as the negative voices will sound like your best friend instead.
Rule 17. Banks are bad for you. They DO NOT have your best interests at heart.
BUT If you are making money and have lots of cash in the bank, you are not the kind of customer they truly want because you won’t be making them any money.
Rule 18. Death and taxes are the only things guaranteed in life UNLESS you become an expat in which case you will only have to work on living forever.
So far I’m doing fine…
Rule 19. Happiness comes from the adrenalin/endorphin rush caused by a combination of being tested and emotionally, physically or spiritually stretched to capacity and still managing to win. It’s called being ‘in the zone’ and athletes use it to win gold. Chocolate comes a close second when you are not so fussy about the quality of your happiness.
And don’t want to move.
Rule 20. If you don’t think you have anything interesting to add, nobody else will either. So say it anyway, it’s the best way to find out for sure.
Rule 21. Never ask for permission. People are trained to tell you ‘No’. Instead, just do it and apologize later (if still required or if you can still be bothered).
I don’t necessarily agree with or advocate ALL the above statements.
There may be more completed versions available and there will always be detractors. But if they have made you think and question a few ‘home truths’ they did the job that was intended.
Feel free to share it with friends and those who need to step outside their comfort zone once in a while.