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Saturday, May 31, 2014 8:00 PM

The end of another school year is upon us. Classes have been taking field trips and enjoying the spoils of a year of hard work. Then, there are finals. Time to prove you were paying attention.

Anxious seniors are ready to don their caps and gowns and make that last walk before the next phase of their lives begin. I don’t know about anyone else but I took a quick peek at my diploma to make sure it was signed. I wasn’t worried, I just wanted to make sure.

For those who loved high school, it may be bittersweet. They’ve thrown themselves into activities and athletics and made the most of the time they spent there. Friends will be going different directions.

For those who would prefer to stay because they’re not sure about their next step, hitch up those britches. It’s time to move on. Everything has an order and you’re only supposed to do high school for four years. Then you have to do something else. Sorry.

For those who found high school a little less than they thought it should be, trust me, there is life after. It’s just something we all have to do so we can transition to the next level, whatever that may be. I think you’ll find there is a lot more ahead of you than you’ve left behind.

Life is contradictory. We think we know everything about everything and in reality, we know jack. That’s why you need to pay attention in high school. Get all the ammunition you can to face the world when it’s over no matter what path you choose.

Now it’s time for real life. I’m sorry to inform you that high school was the easy part. You are about to find out that what defined you as a high school student doesn’t mean a thing out here in the real world.

Here is an excerpt from the book “Dumbing Down our Kids” by educator Charles Sykes. I find it enlightening.

Rule 1

Life is not fair - get used to it.

Rule 2

The world won’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 $40,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice president with car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4

If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.

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 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 parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in 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.

 

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