This month marks 20 years since I graduated high school. Mazel tov to me; to my fellow students of Yavne High School at the Hebrew Academy of Cleveland, and to grads of '92 all over the world. In a neat twist, I am blessedly grateful to God for my eldest daughter who is 20 years younger than me and is graduating high school next week. Mazel tov!
Here's what I've learned:
1. People will, of their own accord, follow up on their commitments without reminders approximately 10% of the time.
BUT lots of the 90% think they're the 10% so good luck with that.
2. You never need to buy anything at full price. There's always a smarter way.
BUT consciously indulge every once in a awhile. It's fun.
3. Phrases like "I need some me-time"; "It's the principle of the matter"; and "I just need to vent/rant" are usually rationalizations for selfish behavior camouflaged as mental health directives.
BUT don't tell that to your spouse.
4. When life feels overwhelming, it's usually because I need a nap.
BUT maybe that's because I don't drink coffee.
5. Potty training is worse than adolescence.
BUT adolescence lasts a lot longer.
6. Every person has free will to accept or reject a life of faith. There will always be compelling factors on both sides.
BUT most people in this world have never taken the time to embark on a serious educational quest on the issue.
7. My parents were way more in the know than I thought when I was a teen.
BUT it might take my kids another 20 years to figure out that so am I.
8. Baby food is a scam. Applesauce is applesauce and oatmeal is oatmeal.
BUT it took me 5 kids to stop buying it.
9. Secrets are almost always more damaging in than out.
BUT if you make me a surprise party, I'll forgive you.
10. You can say pretty much anything - even tough truths - to the people you love.
BUT plan your words very wisely.
What truths have you learned since graduation?