A late night quick post to remind myself to talk less and do more. This was inspired by a post from a friend in Facebook. She posted a picture in her timeline sharing some words for teenagers.
Northland College principal John Tapene has offered the following words from a judge who regularly deals with youth. “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.”
Aren’t the words very truth? We have heard words like, “I’m bored. There are nothing to do and no where to go,” from today’s teenagers and sometimes even some adults will be guilty of saying those words. And they act like everyone owes them something, everyone else is to blame for all the mistakes except themselves, they take people and things for granted etc. Yet, in reflection, we have to look deep into ourselve also, if we are actually the one causing these issues in our teenagers.
There is a saying, “Children see, children do.” What are the things that we are doing everyday? What are our attitudes in handling things and people? How are we treating the people around us? Are we spending quality time with them to nurture them? Are we treating them the same way as we are treating others? Are we the cry babies that we are seeing in the reflection of our teenagers?
The principal John Tapene then went on to share:
“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 sickness 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 your 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!“
Mark Twain had also said, “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
So we really need to take responsibility for our actions and start focusing our energy on what we can do. As what principal John Tapene said, we have to realise that we are important and we are needed and it is too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Today is the day and we are that somebody to do something! When we start living our lives that way and walking our talks, would our younger ones do likewise?
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