With graduation being only a few weeks away, I thought I’d compose a list of things that I learned as an adult that would have made my life easier had I learned them while in grade school and high school. Here goes:
How to invest in the stock market
How compounding interest works
How to have an argument without resorting to insults and violence
Sometimes being “just good friends” is better than a romantic relationship
How to spot biases in news stories and journal articles
How to really listen to people
How to convince people of the validity of my ideas (Hint: facts and statistics almost never work)
I wish I paid more attention in junior high home economics
I wish I paid more attention in shop class
No one is going to ask to see your grades unless you’re trying to get into grad school, law school, medical school, etc.
Take care of your knees
The only language some people understand is force
There are truly wealthy people who dress in Wal Mart clothing and drive Dodge Ram pickup trucks
There are lots of people living paycheck to paycheck who drive BMW and wear Louis Votton
If you are wrong, apologize and move on. Don’t keep bringing it up.
It is possible to pay too much attention to a love interest. What you call being attentive, they may call being clingy.
Adults don’t know everything. They are just better at bluffing.
Having a job isn’t as bad as your parents and 7th grade teacher told you it was
You probably aren’t being judged as much as you think. Most people are too busy with their own lives to notice.
Eye witness testimony isn’t always reliable.
Sometimes bad people really do get what they deserve.
Some of the most admired people are sometimes the worst human beings in private
You can have just as good a time with pizza and cheap malt liquor as you can champagne and caviar.
You can have an even better time at your nephew’s sixth birthday party then you can any frat party.
No, it doesn’t make sense that a wedding takes a year to plan but a funeral can be planned in less than a week. But it doesn’t matter. Roll with it
It is impossible to predict human stupidity
Most people don’t read books or even newspapers after leaving school
Most people can get through life hap hazardly. But it won’t be a life that makes a difference to even your friends, family, and coworkers
Some people are better off not marrying
Some people are better off not having kids
Some people are better off not working a traditional 40 hour a week job
First impressions do matter but aren’t always accurate
Being a liar and a hypocrite works only when most people aren’t liars and hypocrites.
And, most people aren’t liars and hypocrites.
I have more in common with the working class of rival nations and religions than I do my political leaders and business tycoons
Life is a competition and a game, but in the end it all goes back in the box.
Money in itself isn’t evil but can be easily abused.
Poverty in itself isn’t virtuous.
Long hours and obsessive commitment won’t insure riches. They are the bare minimum.
You can be rich in money but poor in free time.
The graveyards of the world are full of people who could never imagine the world without them.
There will always be people who fight against progress.
The past was a real lousy place for anyone who wasn’t rich or in the religious or cultural majority.
Progress isn’t guarenteed
Machines and robots will eventually take most jobs
Time speeds up with age