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I am 13, but my younger sibling is now being taught that everything is always fair and everyone always wins. They know this is not true, but nobody else their age does. I am legitimately scared for the day my generation gets into the white house. (Not all of Gen Z. Just the ones that believe everything always has to go their way.)
Ask for help when you need it.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Don’t be afraid to be yourself.
even though i'm a gen z myself, it would really be great if we could teach the next generation (and my own) to not hate. the world would be so much better without racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ablism, sizeism, ageism... ect. it all starts with teaching kids a message of love and accepting and embracing others for who they are. I know gen z has a reputation for being pretty liberal and "challenging the system" but still so many of us don't know how to be an accepting and supportive world citizen.
I would say, stop trying to be the most popular on social media. Don't fall for the challenges, the bullying, the peer pressure all that. No one gives a flying p***k how many insta followers you have or how popular your tik tok vids are. 99.9% of those challenges are stupid and may kill you.
Life isn't fair but your reaction to that really matters. If you are resentful, angry, and despondent you ruin your life and it rubs off on others. If you are lucky, gifted (talent, looks, money, etc) and think others just don't succeed because they don't try, you ruin the world. However, if you decide to try your best and make things at least a little better, it provides joy to yourself and everyone you meet.
That very, very, very, very few things in life are black and white.
Back in my day, music used to come from musical instruments.
That new technology is sometimes difficult for older people. Be patient. Most of them want to learn. And if they don’t, respect that.
PRIVACY is a right and you are entitled to anonymity. You may have to participate in your government as a citizen of democracy if you want to ensure your rights continue to exist. Many of the freedoms we take for granted as "normal" were purchased with blood by our ancestors and they are not guaranteed - we must continuously pay attention and participate in our own government processes. It is not ok for businesses to steal or own your data. Learn how to protect yourself and complain to legislators if this is unreasonably difficult.
1) Stop caring about strangers opinions. I know it's hard for someone to say it and poof it happens but try to learn this before you're in your 30's like most people learn it. Some people never learn. You don't need to conform to what people think you should be instead of being true to who you are. You're conforming when strangers opinions matter more to you than finding who you really are and being the badass you have the full potential of being.
2) Go to a junk yard, pop off a rim that match your cars. Next time you get your tires changed unless that rim came with a good tire, have them pick the best tire out of the 4 you're getting replaced and have them put it on the rim. Put that in your trunk. That is now you're spare tire and will work a whole hell of a lot better than a donut. Always carry a car jack, spare tire, spare fuses, quart of oil, and gallon of antifreeze in your trunk. Learn to change a tire, find out where your fuse box is and how to check and change your fuses, oil dipstick, transmission dip stick. Knowing just those basics will save you a lot of money.
3) Basic cooking can save you a lot of money. I don't like cooking but when I need to save the first thing that gets cut is the food budget because I overspend on out food instead of cooking for myself.
4) y'all can call up a butcher and see what they're prices are. If you're a carnivore and you have someone or more than one person willing to go in on it you can buy whole cow or half a cow. Depending on pricing that's around 400-1,000 but even a quarter of a cow is enough to stock you're deep freeze for months. They sell pigs like that too. If y'all ain't country befriend country. Farm fresh eggs, veggies, which butcher to call hell one of them might sell you one of their cows before they take it to the butcher, venison. I have never regretted all my folk in the country they're amazing and they hook me up a lot.
5) Basic first aid. Y'all need to learn basic first aid. How to properly treat yourself in case you don't have an option but yourself. Too many times I've had to patch other and myself up.
Don't know if it's generational or not but I think everyone should try to think abt what another person is going through. That person that is an a**hole or that homeless man asking for change. There is a story behind it all. Don't be so quick to judge. It's hard not to but I have found it allows me to see the world in a different light.
TO LOVE EACH OTHER,
TO UNDERSTAND THAT EVERYTHING'S NOT 'THROW AWAY'
TO NOT BLAME ONE GROUP FOR EVERYTHING
That it is ok to not go to college but consider learning a valuable trade.
Being self sufficient is so important in this world, and allows you freedom and a healthier self-esteem than being dependent on someone else.
That it is perfectly fine to choose not to have children.
That the golden rule is golden for a reason. In life you might encounter people who don't seem worthy of this, but in the long game, practicing it will make you feel better.
That you might not agree with something or everything I have just shared, and that's absolutely fine.
Researching skills, like looking up for information at libraries, museums or another proper institutions.
Nowadays is so easy just to ask Google, and younger generations seldom stop to think if the info they've got is real or came from trustworthy sources. Many times they just check up important topics in blogs from people who might not be professional on that field.
Back in the day we need to get our info from proper sources. This easy access to information we have nowadays is amazing, but must be treated carefully
Changing flat tires. And jumping car batteries.
That the lives of members of the generations previous to yours were much more complicated than you may be willing to understand, and that you can't lump a generation of millions of people into one convenient basket. Example: I'm a Boomer. I marched for civil rights and against the war in Vietnam. One of my cousins went to Canada to avoid the draft and another volunteered for the Army and served in Vietnam. Members of my generation were in the vanguard of what was then called the "Ecology" Movement and the Women's Rights Movement. The work that they did laid the foundation for the rights you enjoy today and take for granted because you don't really understand recent history.
It is possible to survive without electronics. No phone, switch, xbox, playstation, drones, itunes, computers, etc. When I was a kid, I went outside and played with my friends.
Also that life is more than who you're related to. My brother is, simply put, an asshole. When I talk to someone who asks me if they might know someone they know, I tell them my brother's name. Then I add 'don't hold it against me' because my brother has a reputation for being a self-entitled jerk who never shuts up.
Don't wait for the perfect time or situation to get started. Perfect may never come!
Walking to your destination instead of plopping in a car. When I was a kid, we walked everywhere. Good exercise. These days, I don't even see kids playing in their neighborhoods, let alone walking.
I am a teen, but I wish that parents didn't make it sound like middle school was fun. I expected it to be great and some stuff was, but sometimes it was just terrible. Now my younger siblings is goimg into middle school, she is so exited and I worry so much that she is going to go through what I did.
How to put down the phone and really talk and connect with someone.
College will 100% be better than high school. All the drama that went on, the people who bullied you and cut you down, they'll go off to other places and you will never see them again. No one will care about who won what arbitrary title in high school. You will be able to take what subjects YOU want and have a LOT more control over time. Don't wanna go to an 8 am class every single semester? Don't have to. (Yes sometimes you may but you're not being forced to by ridiculous government-mandated "education" systems designed to crush your individuality and increase their funding).
Utilize what you have before deciding on if you need to buy something. This applies for cooking, cleaning, mending, curing boredom, etc. But do research (books/web) before hand though. Ya' don't want to end up poisoning yourself or something horrible thing happening if ya' deny educating yourself.
Space exploration is now commonplace with so many "wow" images, they'll never experience the
intensity of the drama excitement and tension we all felt watching Apollo 8 and Apollo 11 live.
Kids, learn the basics in cooking (Whether you're a boy or a girl).
The amount of people I know my age (18) and even people much older than me who always order takeaway because they don't know how to cook is insane.
(This excludes people who cannot afford ingredients, have medical conditions or are constantly working/working multiple jobs. Those are all valid reasons to eat pre-packaged food or order takeaway for most meals.)
Practice the basics of cooking at home such as using an oven, boiling vegetables and cooking items in a pot or pan. Kids, do it while you are not the one paying for the ingredients (If your parents are okay with it).
Also, saying you will never cook because you're going to "burn the house down" is not a very good excuse either, especially as you're getting older. It's not funny. It just makes you sound lazy and unintelligent. Don't rely on other people to always cook for you if you have the capability and resources to cook yourself (This does not sit well when you become an adult and are living with other people).
Therapy is good
Learning that my emotions were a choice was a huge help to me as an insecure teenager. I really hated myself, and I came to understand that we tend to believe what we tell ourselves the most, so I needed to learn to be more gentle and caring and positive in my inner monologue.
Own up to your mistakes. Nobody is perfect and the repercussions are never as bad as you think they will be.
I don't know many members of kids these days, since my mother is allergic to being social, but: Never reveal your age on social media if you're a minor. I've seen many examples here on BP. Don't do it. You are setting yourself up for trouble. There are terrible people who WILL take advantage of you for it.
In my personal experience, the person who asked me instantly accused me of being a bot bc my grammar was "too good" for my age...
saying sorry even when it was a accident... or saying you are sorry when they lose a loved one.
Basic home and auto maintenance. I've had tenants that didn't know what a circuit breaker was. And I have taught more than one person how to use a jack.
Reading a paper map and use an old school compass. Here in Sweden, it is popular to go hiking. And every year, there are people that needs to be saved by a search party, because they got lost because the phone had a dead battery/whatever app for navigation they had did not work when the recepion went away.
Yeah yeah yeah, I'll start/finish that college degree later. Boom! You're in your 40's at a dead end job, and no will to do anything about it. Time. Flies. By. Believe that. Don't put that !@#% off.
I am a teenager but almost everyone my age is literally holding a screen three millimeters away from their face.
You can enjoy stuff without screens, like painting, drawing, playing with a pet, reading and more.
It doesn't all have to be virtual.
That whining and complaining about things that don’t go your way isn’t acceptable.
Parents, teach your kids not to act like an idiot when they don’t get their own way
A work ethic... the current generation believe they are owed a living.
Be sure to appreciate your job and don’t grow complacent, wherever you are. I had a lot of labor jobs growing up and felt I would never land any of the office jobs I so desired, but then I got lucky at 22. Generally speaking, the least likable coworkers I’ve had were people who were lucky enough to only ever work at a desk after high school. These sorts of people didn’t see the value of their position and were most likely to call in to take a day off or leave work for others to do. The coworkers I did like usually experienced some sort of struggle in their personal lives, like I did, and this was reflected in their work ethic. At 30, I feel fortunate spending hours at a desk organizing reports because it still feels like I “made it”. If you become listless at work and begin to feel that you don’t belong, I would encourage you to seek other job opportunities if possible. Your coworkers would probably support your decision. Otherwise, please just remember that life could be harder.
There is life without social media. It doesn't matter who has the perfect nose, is thin or has the most likes on TikTok. Study in school and educate yourself on the job - wanting to become an influencer is not cool.
Household chores. Seriously my cousins' children don't know how to cook or clean or do anything
Read a map without relying on GPS
That to get results, the best way is to focus on improving (and enjoying) the processes (e.g. The process of science results in better knowledge; the process of capitalism drives growth, the election helps democracy, etc). Therefore, we should focus collectively to improve these processes (e.g. By pre-registering researches or holding CEOs/politicians accountable...
Dark skies at night. Wilderness that isn’t crawling with people. Starfish on the Oregon coast; they’re mostly dead now. Uncountable numbers of flying insects in the summer. Specialty stores for everyday items like shoes and electronics, where the employees were long term professionals who actually knew about their products. A populace who mostly trusted news sources, instead of just looking for headlines in their own private echo chamber on the web. Time away from phones, so work or family or friends weren’t an inch from your ear and dug into your life 24 hours a day.
If you find your home, work, and shops by bicycle, you won't need a car. You can do a finer-grained search using one, while saving lots of time and money in a city. A car-less friend had his house paid off before he was 30. The exercise will pay big dividends in health.
Mostly avoid prepared food. Simple cooking is far healthier and cheaper. If we don't go vegan, we will lose many more species, and at least a billion people. This many people can't live like the pioneers.
Using hand tools is more satisfying than a 3-D printer. You are hard-wired for life with few people and stone-age technology - culture makes you an emulator for civilization, but there's always glitches.
Know that reading headlines on Facebook or Twitter will not make you informed. It will likely make you as uninformed as the people you will come to hate for their viewpoints.
When you are an adult, read or listen to a legitimate news source. Treat it as a citizen's duty. If you want investigative journalism to uncover conspiracies and the like, you need to get a subscription to a real newspaper. (They have them online of course.) Your country is depending on you for this.
How to read clouds and the weather (changes) they bring.
How to make mixtapes.
How to graft trees.
Which plants are edible.
How to communicate respectfully and lovingly (then again, no priour generation ever learnt that either).
Being different and have different opinion doesn't mean we must hate each other.
Coca-Cola used to come in glass bottles. I swear Coke tasted better out of glass.
How to tell time on an analog clock.
How to read a map.
How to spell "you, are, and okay" properly, not "u, r, k".
How to meet someone to date other than online.
How to call someone you're interested in on the phone, don't just text all the time! My daughter's teen years were spent reading texts then asking her friends "what do you think he means?"
Spend less time with technology and spend more time exploring what the world has to offer.
Spend a number of years planning the perfect heist with people you trust. If that doesn't work out, listen to 'Everybody's Free (The Sunscreen Song)' by Baz Luhrman. Here's a few of my favourite lines:
Ignore beauty [blogs], they will only make you feel ugly.
You are not as fat as you imagine.
Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.
Get to know your parents, you never know when they'll be gone for good.
Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.
baby shark sucks literal ass
How to add, subtract, multiply and divide. Without a calculator
Not attending college may be a smarter decision than life-long debt and money stress.
1. Influencer or Youtuber is not a sustainable carrier choice. If a kid wants to be a performer - fine, give it a go. It still requires skill but sure. Most of children have sole purpose: play video games or do makeup or gossip and earn enough live in mansions.
2. Buying advertised products or merch does not make you cool, does not make you a "supportive fan". It makes you an abused fan - being squeezed of every penny you earn for useless crap.
I do not understand why this is never talked about. Kids need to know that if they unscrew their belly button, their butts fall off.
Always allow yourself to be challenged and challenge yourself. Listen to others' points of view
Challenge your tastes of music, culture, friendship groups....
Go to nice places (art galleries) and do nice things (afternoon tea). Don't feel they'r'nt 4U.
Respecting others who don’t share your point of view. What happened to the day when people could disagree on politics or religion without it ruining friendships? You do you- let me do me. Stop getting offended because I don’t share your views or shoving you views down my throat. Live and let live.
That it is okay if a mother doesn't love you, and not all mothers love their children. Took me YEARS to accept that, and to stop trying to please my mother, and to stick in there while she spouted vile, horrible, and untrue things about me. I'm so much happier without that HUGE burden that a mother should NEVER place on a child. Or any family member, for that matter.
That just because someone isn't your biological parent, that they can STILL be your RIGHTFUL PARENT. My adoptive father IS my dad. My biological father lost that right. And I'm thankful forever.
That your goal should be to always put yourself first, and that struggling to please someone else all the time is highly dysfunctional.
That, unless you have a highly specialized college degree or trained skill, you most likely won't be instantly hired, or paid a lot, because you absolutely have to work up the chain to be an established professional. My career isn't even in my degree field, but I am happy as anything at what I do for a living, and I couldn't imagine doing anything else for the rest of my career. I'm a Gen-Xer. It took me YEARS (until my 30s) to find my successful niche. And that is fine with me.
Cursive. I'm a teacher and a few of my students have said they wished they would have been taught it. I know it's not important, but it's still fun to learn.
The queen of England should be brought up on War Crimes