Don’t Believe Anybody Under The Age Of 30

So how did that hippie thingy work out for you?
So how did that hippie thingy work out for you?

Daily Prompt: Show and Tell

You’ve been asked to do a five-minute presentation to a group of young schoolchildren on the topic of your choice. Describe your presentation.

If making a presentation to young schoolchildren I’d start out by saying, “How many of you are from out of town”? That’s the way Don Rickles stated out his crowd. Then I’d pass around a gallon jar of Skittles. By the time the jar got around to everybody my five minutes would be up.

Okay that’s not what you’re looking for. Well, being a teenager from the sixties I would give them my message from the sixties. “Hey kids, don’t trust anybody over thirty. Tune in, Turn on, and drop out.”

I didn’t think so.

Okay I’ll give it another try; I was stalling.

It is likely none of you will ever remember or carry forward what I’m about to tell you, but all the things that older people tell you, the advice from teachers , parents, and grandparents, are true.

Don’t pay attention to anybody who is your age or up to the point of being 20 years older than you. They are only guessing.

Don’t be entertained by anything on TV, that includes Sesame Street. The best thinkers in the world developed fine without it. If possible don’t watch it (TV) until you realize that what ever it is telling you or entertaining you with is not reality and never to be taken seriously.

Study is like building a house of bricks. It is difficult to see the beauty of a house with one or two bricks. It takes thousands of bricks to make a house – STUDY. Learn to read well. Learn to write well. Learn the practical value of math. Learn how science tells you how things work. Learn to communicate well. Learn to follow instructions of others. Learn to finish what you start.

Read the Bible daily. Read Dickens, Twain, Steinbeck, Longfellow, Thoreau, Frost, Dickenson, the Brontes, Shelly, Keats, Hawthorne, Whitman, Faulkner etc.

Ask why and go find out for yourself.

Learn deductive reasoning.

Do something you enjoy that makes you sweat.

Learn compassion and empathy for animals and people.

Laugh at yourself.

Do volunteer work.

Don’t acquire debt.

Don’t get a piercing or tattoo and groom yourself only in a way that you will not be ashamed of your photograpsh twenty years later.

Learn to do household work (cooking, cleaning, mending etc).

Learn which way to turn a screw.

Learn to smile and be thankful.

Don’t expect anything for free.

Learn happiness does not come from having stuff.

Every video game is useless. Learn chess.

Learn to listen.

Learn to stop talking or writing when your time is up or enough is said.

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  1. I’m 42, and even I learned something from this post. As a teacher myself, I believe I would have given you the conch and stepped aside. Well done.
    BTW, I’m betting you have a tattoo. I didn’t learn that lesson myself until I was 30 (ish). Only someone with a tattoo would know that one.

  2. You’ve mentioned some really universal points here…it’s sad that we all know the importance of these things but forget along the way…however, it’s good to be reminded once in a while…need to learn chess 🙂

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