Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Words For Teenagers

Always we hear the cry from teenagers, ‘What can we do, where can we go?’

My answer is this: Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons, and after you've finished, read a book.

Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun.

The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something.

You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in poverty or sick and lonely again.

In other words, grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wishbone.

Start behaving like a responsible person.

You are important and you are needed.

It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday.

Someday is now and that somebody is you.

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Truly, the true words for teenagers! The advice came courtesy of a principal named John Tapene, who was quoting a judge who regularly deals with youths. The judge was aiming to answer questions in the vein of, “What can I do and where can I go?”

The gist of his answer? Get out there and do something!