Grandma's Advice To Our Youth Of Today
Our Youth Are Diamonds In The Rough
This Grandma Is Very Concerned With Our Youth Of Today
This Grandma is very concerned for our Youth today. I know times change, and we have to be able to change with the times. That doesn't mean that I have to accept the things I don't agree on. I’ve lived a long life, and for the most part I’ve had a good life. I am so concerned today about our youth. I don’t think they are preparing for a long good life because of the way they are treating their youth. They seem to take for granted that they will live forever. I blame a lot of things for the way the youth of today look at life in general. I begin to see a great shift in the way values and morals began to change so drastically about 15 years ago. I began to notice that children no longer said “please” and “thank you”, and they no longer referred to me as “Mrs.” Now, that into itself is probably no big change, but it led into other changes. Children began to show a general disrespect for their elders, their teachers, and law enforcement officers. I do think that because of both parents having to work to support the family, children have been left to their own devices. I was lucky to have a Mother waiting for me when I came home from school. Now, most kids go home alone.
Now, with television and the internet’s influence that seems to be so great, I can’t help but wonder if and when parents and grandparents are going to be able to stop this downward spiral of bad behavior. I’m afraid adults have just come to accept bad behavior. It isn’t just bad behavior: it’s the drugs, the free sex, and all those other forces of influence that tell our Youth that it’s OK to act this way. It isn’t “cool” to be a good respectful person in this world. Well, I for one, would like to give some advice to the Youth of Today. They will probably never listen, but I can at least have my say! Let’s try to get back on the right path of life before it’s too late, Youth.
I Would Advise The Youth Of Today
I’ve thought of some things I think would be a good beginning to advise Youth:
Don’t drink alcohol, use drugs or smoke.
Don’t believe in “free sex”. Sex comes with a price. Make sure you are emotionally and physically ready to pay the price before you experiment with sex. Sex between two people in love is a beautiful thing. Sex just for the fun of it carries a lot of heartache. You can bring an unwanted baby into the world, or you can get AIDS of some other disease from which you may never recover.
Get a good education. The only way you will ever succeed in the world is to learn a marketable skill. Unless you want to spend your life “slinging hash” or working at the local discount store, learn a skill that will give you a decent income. You don’t have to go to college to do this. There are lots of good vocational schools that teach good skills. You might luck up and fall in love with someone of the opposite sex who is rich, but that would just be a bonus. In the meantime, prepare your life and look out for Number One: Yourself.
Keep busy doing the things that you enjoy and make you happy doing. Everyone needs a hobby. Never say, “I’m bored”!
Spend some time “playing in the dirt”. Enjoy nature, and watching plants grow. When you garden, you feel close to God. Stop and listen to the birds sing.
Don’t fall in love with anyone who does not have the same values you have. Don’t even date anyone who drinks, gambles, or uses drugs. They will make your life a living hell! Don’t ever think you have the power to change them; only they can do that.
Read good books, not trash! The Bible is the best, of course.
Listen to good music. Make yourself listen to good classical music. You might find you really enjoy it.
Learn to cook. Whether you are male or female, cooking from scratch is almost a lost art because of all the instant junk you can throw in the microwave. A home cooked meal is a joy.
Write. It’s very therapeutic. You don’t have to write the Great American Novel. Just learn to express yourself in words.
Make God an important part of your day. Pray. God listens to us, and does not judge us like our friends do. Always end your day by thanking Him for all the blessings you received that day.
Respect your elders. Be kind and patient with them. You will be old someday if you are lucky.
Always be true to your word. If you say you’ll do something, do it.
Be honest. Never take anything that doesn’t belong to you.
Be thrifty with your time and money. Once used, you can never get these two things back.
Don’t waste anything! In this age of disposables, don’t add your trash to the landfills unless it can no longer be used in some way.
Think before you speak. Once words leave your mouth, you can never get them back.
Be careful of the words you write. Those words can come back to haunt you.
Be tolerant of others and their beliefs. You may not agree with them, but try to understand how they feel.
Make good friends with those people you admire, and the ones that build you up, not tear you down.
Meditate. Take some quiet time. Just close your eyes or take a power nap.
I truly believe in the Golden Rule: “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You”.
I Will Take My Own Advice And Apply It To Myself
There are many more words of advice I could give you, but I hope I’ve touched on some of the important things.
After reading my advice to the Youth of Today, my goal will now be to take my own advice beginning today to perhaps make me a better person.
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