A Parents advice to their graduating High Schooler

Life is not fair. Get used to it.The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself. You will not make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a Vice President with a work phone till you earn both. If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping. They called it “opportunity.” If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them. Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they abolished failing grades and they will give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life. 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. Television is not real life. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs. Be nice to nerds, chances are you will end up working for one.