Ten on Tuesday
Ten Things I'd Tell a High School Graduate
- Congratulations! Well done!
- Go to college. If your parents can't pay for it, get a scholarship, work by day and go to night school, make it work somehow. You'll be far happier and richer for it, and not just financially, although hard coin is not to be sneezed at.
- Pick a hands-on career, be it doctor, plumber, or chef. Pick something that people always need and that can't be outsourced.
- Always learn. Knowledge will walk in and sit down if you leave the door open.
- Always question. Falsehood will get up and walk out if you make it uncomfortable.
- Play to your strength. Do what you love. But also...
- Practice doing hard things. It's a skill you'll always need, and it'll take you a long way. Anything you love will come with hard things to do.
- Stop and smell the flowers.
- To thine own self be true.
- Don't drink with anyone you don't know well.
If I'm very lucky, when I tell her she won't roll her eyes at me and say "Mom, I know," even if she really does.