What the adults don’t tell you

When you’re 16 and upwards, and you know everything there is to know about the world – obviously. We’re always told how important your grades are, how your need to revise, how you need to learn to drive, do your chores, go to university or college and then life is set.

Well hunty, they forgot to mention how life is a bitch called Betty, everyone and their mother is a rude prick and that nothing is as good as you thought it would be. That’s the long and short of it. Hell there are still some 40-somethings who believe if you follow the yellow brick road like you’re told you’ll find something magnificent at the end. Riches and happiness basically. Well I’m here to burst that bubble with a pin prick in your arse. Let me give you the real deal on the adults who are promising us success for minimal input;

Numero uno, they failed their education. That’s why they’re telling you to stick at yours. Not because of factual knowledge of the future, they are just projecting their prior regrets onto you. Ignore them. Grades only mean something to the first employer you have after your education, because that is the only reference they have of how hard you work. Past that they don’t care. And if they say they do, they lyin’.

Number two, if you are nice to those around you and treat them as you want to be treated, they are still gonna put you down, disrespect you and treat you like you don’t mean anything. At one point or another, I can pretty much guarantee it. Be courteous and nice to people, sure. But don’t ever put yourself out for them cos they won’t appreciate and will never do the same for you. And if anyone tries to disrespect you or take advantage of you, you better tell them where to go and put them in their place. No matter the age, wealth, job or position of power of someone, you are worth just as much as them and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Lastly – cos I could rant all day but frankly who’s got the time? Life is hard. They’ll say just do this and just do that. But this is a different time, a different social climate and nothing is as easy as going to the corner shop to get a Saturday job and before you know it you’re running the place. No ma’am. We are applying for jobs up against 100 competitors with no experience, paying minimum wage for almost all our daylight hours just to barely pay the bills for a place that we hate living in. But they don’t get it. They don’t get that their generation and their predecessors have created this world that we struggle to succeed in, let alone enjoy. Just like Trump denies climate change, they deny a change in housing, wages, employment and inflation to name a few. No wonder why depression is more commonplace these days.

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