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January 2013

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she wonders why

My grandmother can't understand why I don't call her more often.  Seriously.  I'm as blunt with her as I am with everyone else.  She asked me today how I'm doing.  I told her terrible.  Half an hour later, she sends me
The  feel-good, politically correct teachings have created a generation of kids, most of which have no concept of reality and how this concept sets them up for failure in the real world. Parents may want to post these suggestions for their teens and younger.
Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!
Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem.  The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good aboutyourself.
Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school.  You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.  Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.
Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now.  They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothesand listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were.  So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of yourparent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT.  In some schools, they have abolished failing grades andthey'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer.  This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING inreal life.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters.  You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF.Do that on your own time.
Rule 10: Television is NOT real life.  In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds.  Chances are you'll end up working for one.
 Really?  This is the response to a family member telling you they're having a hard time?  I didn't even get to what I was having trouble with.  But she has already expressed that whatever it is, it's not a real problem.  She seriously wonders why I don't tell her why I'm depressed or what's going on with me.  But this is exactly fucking why!  Dear goodness, woman, get a fucking clue!!


Because life is a tough place and the one place you should always feel accepted and loved is with your family...right?

Hmph, your grandmother could use a few lessons in empathy.
Oh, I have tried. I don't think she has the ability to empathise. This is, after all, a woman who hates animals of any kind.
That e-mail is aimed at kids who've never left their parents house... and is pretty much fucking irrelevant to the rest of the world.

I, personally, view that e-mail as a bitter, miserable person's rationalization for living a life they hate. Yes, the world fucking sucks and sometimes that's just what you have to sit with until time passes enough to get somewhere better. It doesn't mean that's how it should be, it means it's how it is. How it is doesn't make it suck any less or mean someone shouldn't be upset about it.
Oh, but she didn't mean it to offend me. Uh huh. What a miserable twat.
Even *I* found that bitchy and surly.