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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

An Open Letter To Teenagers aged 14-18

Dear Teens,

There is a time when enough is enough, and today I am taking a stand.

It doesn't matter to me what environment you are from, the hardships you've encountered, or the adolescent angst troubling you.
It doesn't matter to me your hormones are raging out of control or that your boyfriend/girlfriend just broke up with you.
It doesn't matter to me that you impress your friends by making fun of a retarded man at the grocery store.
It doesn't matter to me that vulgar language is standard in your home.
It doesn't matter to me how cool you are to your friends with your butt/bra/thong panties for all to see.
It doesn't matter to me you are only making minimum wage at a part time job.

In school, you may have learned the three 'R's: reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic. Well, here's three more for you to think upon before heading out into the public's view.

RESPECT: The phrases 'yes ma'am' and 'no sir' aren't quotes from antiquated novels. They serve as the foundation from which you should build your character and integrity. Showing respect to those that are older, those that are of the opposite gender, and those that provide any type of service not only show the world you have class, but that you are worthy of the same.

RESTRAINT: You cannot have everything you want. Not now, not ever. Not even if you are Paris Hilton. There will always be something more to want, something else to say, something else to do. Learning restraint with your words and your actions may not build 'street cred', but will shape you into a productive member of society. No matter what it feels like now, you WILL become an adult whether you want to or not. What KIND of adult you become is up to you.

RESOLVE: Focusing on something other than Friday night parties cannot hurt you. There may be difficult decisions facing you now, but these will pale in comparison to the ones coming in the future. Having the resolve to persevere, to push through, and succeed isn't popular on MTV, but guess what? It's reality. It's life.

I realize that not all of you need this advice. Not all of you hold your elders in contempt, disrespect your parents, ridicule those less fortunate than yourself, or throw away golden opportunities. Many of you know the gift of youth isn't a free ride. But some of your peers tarnish your good deeds and, in turn, sully your reputation by proxy.

Someday you will all grow up, get married, and have children. Like me, you will watch the actions and behavior of teenagers with either disgust, dismay, or delight.

I pray you have more to delight in than I do.


  • Well said, it has been said that it is way over due. Today young people with guidence of caring parents are heading down that Highway to Hell. (Like the old AC-DC song) only problem is that when they get their its to late...

    By Blogger ikw3804, at 9:46 PM  

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