Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Learning: Just do it already.

Dear Reader,

At church my calling is the second counselor in the Young Women. I love the calling and the wonderful women I get to work with. And I also love my girls. But, alas, they are teenagers.

OK, I do realize that I'm really not that old yet. I mean, I can fairly clearly remember my high school days. But I just want to point out that even in my twenties, my life is still really not that different from theirs. I still spend all day working, I wake up early, I'm tired all the time, I love hanging out with friends, I have boy problems, and I'm trying to juggle my life with church. Um, hello, who isn't dealing with all that stuff?? Teenagers, you think your life is so hard? Please. Wait until college. And then wait until you graduate college. I don't actually know what you should wait for after that because, like I said, I'm really not that old yet. But I hear have a family is also challenging. We're talking 24/7-for-the-rest-of-your-life time commitment. Yikes.

Anyway. The point of all of this is that my young women's generation has a complete lack of interest in A) Doing anything that will require any effort on their part and B) Learning anything they deem "unnecessary."

I'm stepping up on my soapbox now. Please bear with me.

Kids, you have got to work to get anything in life. Deal with it. If you're expecting life to be easy--well. Just get back to me and let me know how that worked out for you.

Now, when your teachers, parents, or other adult authority figures ask you to do something, I really suggest that you listen. I know that you think you know everything, and you're too cool to actually do something that would make you a better person, but come on. Let's get real. You are not as cool as you think you are and if you keep up this behavior you're going to end up an unsuccessful lump living in your parents dank basement.

Is that what you really want?

And when you find times in your life when you are learning a skill that you think is useless for you to know, I hope that you will take the time to learn it anyway. It is always better to know how to do too many things than to not know how to do anything at all. Kids of the world--just learn! You will never, ever regret being too smart.

And pretending to be stupid is the worst. Just don't even do it. It's annoying.

On a weirder note, Bailey really likes to be up high. So this is his new favorite game:

Jumping off the entertainment center and balancing on the top of the door. Uh...OK, whatever floats your boat, dude.


  1. What in the world?? Bailey's skilled.

  2. So, at least Bailey is learning new things... :-)