As the calendar turns from May to June I am inevitably asked my opinion as to the state of today's youths as they graduate from this country's high schools and institutes of higher learnin'. My answer is always they same, "I don't know, I haven't met most of 'em." Many do not find that answer altogether satisfyin'.
Though I cannot rightly form an opinion on an entire group of graduates, because of my generally positive nature, I believe them to be inherently good and likely concerned with the state of their own future. In that regard, I believe I can help. Over my admittedly long life, I've collected a few precious pearls of wisdom I'd be more than happy to impart on these newly minted adults. Pay heed, young ones...
Get to Work - You've no doubt heard the saying, "find a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life."I'm here to tell you, that's garbage. Work is work. It's often unpleasant but it's always necessary and often when work is most unpleasant, is also when it's most necessary. Being a real adult means sometimes just bucklin' down and doin' what must be done.
Cougars are Not to be Trusted - This may seem like some kind of odd non-sequitur but I assure you, I'm deadly serious. At some point in your life you may be unfortunate enough to encounter a cougar, mountain lion, or puma in the wild. If this does occur, do not trust her tax advice, relationship tips, or beauty secrets. They will lead you on a road to ruin. Take it from one who's been there.
At All Cost, Avoid Debt, Summers in the Southern Hemisphere, and German Autos Manufactured Before 1970's - This is self-explanatory.
As the bard said, "To Thine Own Self be True." - Work to form your own sense of right and wrong that will guide you through difficult decisions. Without a strong value system in place a choice such as, 'do I buy Peppered or Chipotle beef jerky today' might tear a man asunder.
Seriously, Stay Away from the Cougars
In the end, today's graduates will end up traveling as far as they wish. Our world is an amazing place that way. And when they return from their amazing adventures, I'll be here waitin', just like I always have.