The three biggest lies in America are: ‘That was my last piece of gum,’ ‘I’m fine,’ and ‘I have read and accept the terms and conditions.’ These are, of course, in no particular order.
It’s not that you want to lie when we encounter The Terms and Conditions, but nobody wants to sit there and read hundreds of pages of writing either.
So, when it comes to downloading the latest iTunes version, you can be divided into one of the following groups.
1) You just click the little box without even reading a page. This could be because you are too lazy, too busy, or you just don’t care. If you are in this group, you are pretty safe; I have yet to see a Terms and Conditions that obligates you to participate in criminal activity.
2) You attempt to read the Terms and Conditions; but, somewhere between the beginning and the
end you either fall asleep, or the words become a group of undecipherable mumbo-jumbo that
literally fries your brain. If you are in this group, I applaud your effort.
3) You read the hundreds of pages of words and are able to decipher the legal jargon into an understandable language. If you are in this group, you deserve a medal; you are most likely one of the following: a superhuman, a robot, a super-intelligent ET type thing, or you have a Masters and three Doctorates.
Life doesn’t have one of this Terms and Conditions; but if it did, I imagine that it would something like this:
Contract with Life:
By signing below, you agree to the following Terms and Conditions.
1) Life has the ability to make your time with us as easy or as hard as it would like.
2) Life has the ability to end your contract with us whenever it wishes. At that moment, your contract will be null and void and you will no longer have a place with us. *
*this may occur with or without warning (ßwritten in fine print, as all important things are)
This document is not permissible in a court of law.
I have read and accept the Terms and Conditions
Unfortunately, life does not have such a thing. There is no Caution sign as you enter the world blinking “Warning: Bumpy Road Ahead.” If there was, I’m sure we would be at least a little prepared for the difficult journey that is life. In my short 18 years of life, I have learned a few valuable lessons.
1) Don’t compare yourself to others. Yes, sometimes it is difficult. Life continually shows us people who are more successful than we are. These are the people who are out winning Olympic Medals, saving lives, changing the world. While parades and accolades are being given to them, you are standing in the background, waving your arms, trying to get noticed; you are left to eat their dust. It’s hard not to compare yourself to others. Trust me, I’ve been there. But over time you learn that everybody is good at something—just at varying levels.
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish byits ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein
2) We all have a purpose; we all were put here for a reason. Sometimes the reason is slow in showing itself, but eventually, it will. If you ever doubt that, put your hand over your heart; that beating you feel is purpose.
3) The sooner that everyone realizes that we are all beautiful, interesting and unique, the sooner we will all love ourselves and stop spending our lives trying to change everything to fit in. We are made and altered exactly how we are supposed to be. Everything happens for a reason. But don’t change yourself just to fit into a society that has no idea what it’s going on about. You. Are. Gorgeous. Whether you are fat, thin, tall, short, mainstream, different, you are beautiful. Please, please, remember that. Confidence will always be your most attractive feature.
4) People aren’t mirrors; they don’t see you the way you see yourself. So go easy on yourself.
5) Failure is the key to success.
6) You are harder on yourself than anybody else is.
7) Don’t be afraid to speak your mind. Don’t be afraid to call people out. The people that matter will respect you for it.
8) When people hate you, you must be doing something right. Those who aren’t living don’t have enemies.
9) Live the life you want to live. Be the person you want to be. People don’t define you.
10) People you talk about you. They will point fingers, whisper, and laugh. Don’t let it get to you. You are worth much more than what they give you.
11) Always hold your head up high. It’s easier to see the beauty in things when you are looking at the sky.
12) It doesn’t matter what people in High School see you as. Most of them won’t remember you 10 years from now.
13) The only people that really matter are those that are there for you when you need them.
14) You can’t trust everyone. And even when you think you can, sometimes they end up hurting you.
15) Popularity is overrated. Being “cool” does not have any merit in the real world.
16) . Everybody has a story. We all have hurt we are carrying. Be mindful of it.
17) Always be willing to go out of your way to help someone, even if it’s just holding the door open. It could brighten someone’s day.
18) Laughing until tears stream down your face and you can’t breathe is one of the best feelings in the world.
(I will admit that I stole part of that list from a previous post about Graduation…).
20) Life is short. So make the most of it while you are here. Life your life the way you want to—within the legal constraints of the law, of course; because I am going to assume that you enjoy not being in jail (unless you do enjoy being in jail, in which case you have a whole different set of issues entirely). Life your life to the fullest. Don’t be afraid to take risks; because nobody gets out alive anyway.
So, life, throw whatever you wish my way. I can take it; I’ve learned the tricks of the trade. I accept your Terms and Conditions. Bring it on!