Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Wise Words



It's not often I read something and agree with every word but a friend found this article and I wanted to share it.

Northland College (NZ) 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, "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. 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 poverty or sick 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 you 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..."

I think quite a few adults could benefit from this too...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Jules,
I totally agree. I see that same "The world owes me" mentality every where in popular media. It has also seeped it's way into art. Which is unfortunate. You wouldn't expect that from "Adults" who really should know better, but since this is the age where no one wants to be an adult. Oh well. I just get on with it and try to avoid the rest. Gotta say, it's getting harder to do that.

Burrell