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August 12, 2019

Someone came up with some life lessons that they felt should be posted in all schools and work places. The writer(s) then attributed the list to Bill Gates. This seems to be a lie, but the list is interesting, and I think I’ll share it.
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 $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice – president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
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 is not your parent’s 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 go that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes, and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. 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.
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 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.
It seems pretty obvious that the writer is someone older and pretty grouchy that wrote this. And probably someone that is very disappointed in their children or grandchildren. But there are some good points.
There are some young people who probably should read this, but I know some awesome young folks that know how to work and appreciate their parents. In no way does it seem to me that the majority of today’s youth are lacking.
The majority of people turn out pretty much they way they are taught and the way they are treated. But the one fact that cannot be altered is that we’re all different. And stereotyping all “those people” is not going to be accurate about everyone. Ever.
Let’s hope the information I have on upcoming community activities is more accurate than stereotyping.
The next Farmers Market, Aug. 17, includes a Pickle and Relish Contest. Bring your best and enter it up before 10 am and you might win $50 in Main Bucks! This all takes place at the market in front of the Texas County Courthouse at 4th and Main. See you there!
On Aug. 23 is the next Craft for a Cause which is a yard ball sign painting. BOP puts on the event, which is a fund raiser for the OPSU SOEA (not sure what that is) and costs $40 a person, but you get your yard sign and everything needed to make it, childcare, and drinks. This time it is at the OPSU Ballroom from 5 – 7:30 pm and you get 25% off of food. They do ask that you RSVP by Aug. 16. Call 580-468-3580 to do that. Did you know that BOP has given over $13,000 to the community through this program? Amazing! And that is the truth.
The 25th of August is the Know Your Neighbor program at the Guymon Public Library from 2 to 3:30 pm in the Safe Room. This program is a documentary about Burma and then we will hear from Mang Lien, who has been living in Guymon since 2009 (and who graduated from OPSU in 2015).
See you on the bricks!