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11 Things Every Teenager Should Know About The ‘Real World’

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What is something every teenager should know about ‘the real world’?”

If you are an adult and reading this, you can add your 2 cents in the comments. If you are a teen, study this post, because the adults of of the world are schooling you on social media, and they are smart. Read on….

You Will Need Money

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This might seem obvious, but a lot of teenagers are not taught how to make money, save money – and how much living actually costs.

“SAVE MONEY. Be Nice. Work Hard. SAVE MONEY. Did I mention SAVE MONEY?”

“Learn how to manage money. Too many young people get deep into debt because they don’t know how to save or how credit cards actually work. Remember that there is an order of where your money goes: Rent and bills must come first and foremost, then everything else.”

“Be careful lending money. It is better to give money than to lend it, expect to be paid back, and never get paid back. And this happens more than you might think.”

“When I was a teenager and was angry with my parents for something or other I threatened to move out. My dad said that he would help me pack and that I had better be prepared because tomorrow morning when I woke up and wanted to have my bowl of cereal and orange juice that I had better go out tonight and buy the refrigerator to keep the orange juice and milk in, and you better buy a bowl and a spoon, and had better buy the cereal and orange juice. Oh yeah, and you had better find a bed and some blankets and a roof over your head, and also call the electric company and ask them to install electricity in your new apartment. Oh yeah, and how are you going to get to the grocery store and to your new apartment??? You need to go and buy a car and get some license plates for it and get it insured. Oh yeah, you need some money to fill the gas tank up before you can even drive it. I shut up pretty quickly and changed my mind.”

More On Money

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Basically, if you are young, know that money is going to loom large in your life and you better know how to manage it.

“Everything is expensive when you move out.”

“Yes. And nothing is free. You always pay in some way or another, both private and work life.”

“Once I asked a consultant an easy yes or no question (since he was already on site and stood in front of me). He sent me an invoice for it.”

“Moving out made me quickly realize that all the stuff in my parent’s house took a LOOOONG TIME to accumulate lol.”

Dr. House’s Words of Wisdom: Adults Lie

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When you were a little kid and your Mom asked you if you ate all the cookies, as you are both standing in front of the empty box she found behind the couch – a lot of you probably said “no”. And we didn’t even know it was a lie. It just felt like the smart thing to do at the time. Well, guess what? Adults lie, too, and usually more than cookies are at stake.

“PEOPLE LIE. Just because they’re an adult doesn’t mean they always tell the truth.”

“Just because someone was the president of the US, they can still lie to you.”

“80% of people are honest. Don’t blame yourself for trusting the 20% that do lie. Even professionals that need to determine when someone is lying are bad at it.”

“I personally think the Pareto principle holds here: 80% of people generally tell the truth, but the 20% that frequently lie cause 80% of the problems.”

“Everybody lies. -Dr. Gregory House nearly every episode.”

You Know Yourself Better Than Anyone

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As a kid, or young adult, you might think you know everything, or you might feel like you are floundering. Learning to be in touch with your instincts is a good life skill.

“Trust your gut, if you have a bad feeling about somebody, don’t disregard that feeling. Even if they are nice to you but your gut says something is off. Move with caution.”

Time Passes More Quickly Than You Could Ever Imagine

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There was a lot of discussion about time, but all the adults agreed that it goes by way faster than they ever would (or could) have imagined when they were younger.

“Time slides by a lot faster than you expect. Do. Not. Waste. It. People you think you’ll see again, for sure, pass away. Car accidents Heart attacks. Torn esophagus…I mean, at any. given. moment. I hope even one of you reads this, and takes a new level of appreciation. Tell the people you love, that you love them. Seize the freaking day.”

“Old guy here, or at least old relative to social media. I have lost both parents. Over a dozen friends. Time creeps. You don’t think, even for a second, this is the last time I’ll see these people. We take for granted, so much. If you look back, and knew that those were the best years and the best times of your life, would you have appreciated it differently?”

“When we are younger, our perception of time is very different. We think we have all the time in the world. Our life is often filled with, ‘I’ll get to that later,’ or ‘I have plenty of time.’ Let me tell you, we don’t have nearly as much as we think. Time slides by ridiculously fast as you age. I mean that.”

Cowboy Wisdom

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This guy’s dad is a cowboy, and he has a clear perception of time:

“I once described a similar thing to my cowboy dad. He sat quietly and let me speak. I said things like “Kindergarten felt like it took 3 years.” And “my senior year in high school felt like 3 months.”

My Old man patiently listening to his 25 year old son, and let me finish expressing my thoughts. Then he finally says loudly ‘WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TELLING ME FOR? I WAS YOUR AGE A HALF HOUR AGO!’

I adore that man!”

Advice On Friendship

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Having friends is important, but do you need many? And how do you retain the one’s you have?

“Friendships take maintenance.”

“Gotta be a friend to have a friend!”

“When I hit my own rock bottom earlier this year – unemployed for 14 months, $15K credit card debt as a result, no more money for rent, etc. – my friends collectively pulled together about $2,700 to help me move back home so at least I’d have a roof over my head. I still am eternally grateful for their kindness, and intend to pay them back once I’m fully employed. Don’t discount close friends who truly love and look out for each other and would bend over backwards to help out.”

“You get what you give. The giving comes first.”

You, Your Feelings & The Universe

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As kids we tend to feel things immensely. The smallest things feel huge; like not getting to have an ice cream cone. Then we become adults and we have to grapple with the knowledge that not everything we feel is all that important.

“The real world doesn’t care about your feelings.”

“People tend to do what’s necessary for them in the moment without thinking much about others besides who are directly next to them. So yes, trust people less.”

“Don’t worry about not having the respect of people you don’t respect.”

“This is a good one, I’d like to add don’t take criticism from people you wouldn’t ask for advice’.”

“Your job sees you as replaceable. Look out for yourself and your family. Your job is not everything, but it will feel like it is. Make sure that if you don’t like where you are that you change it. Don’t be miserable at a job because it pays well.”

“Amen. Jobs are just that… jobs. You need them to eat, and have a car etc. they aren’t your life and no one will remember you after you move on from the job. Eventually they’ll forget who you were. So, take time for family, screw the stupid after work dinners and all that crap. Family matters more.”

“Life is extremely unfair. And there is no reason for that. People who have expectations of things being fair in the real world are always sorely disappointed.”

What It Feels Like To Be an Adult

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What does it feel like to be an adult? When you are a kid, you think you are going to be totally in charge, right?

“99% of the people you see who look like they have their stuff together…Don’t.”

“In fact, most adults still feel like teenagers themselves and just do the best they can. None of us have all the answers and precious few of us have even figured out our own lives.”

“We all make it up as we go. So don’t get discouraged when you’re pushing 30-40 and feel the same. It’s normal.”

Taking Care of Parents

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There was quite a lot of discussion around feeling like one needs to stay near their parents to take care of them. Most mid-life adults posting seems to feel that way. The older parents, however, did not agree.

“Our parents are very precious resources to us, that we can’t replace, but you also have to reconcile their positions/conditions with your own goals and circumstances. You can help them, and be there for them, but you can’t forgo your dreams and goals, that will only cause resentment.”

“I did some thinking and realized that with my sister overseas, and my parents fast-approaching 70, I may only see everyone together less than ten more times given the average life expectancy. This alone deeply upset me. No way am I ready for that.”

“70 yo mom here. Move! I wish one or all of my kids had moved. (Four children). Parents want the best for their kids, health, relationships, safety and adventure. Go where you find it. Your mom is a plane ride away if necessary. Most of us did not have kids because we expected them to be at our beckoned call. Live your life.”

Confidence vs. Competence

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There was a lively discussion about confidence (real or faked), actual competence, and which opens more doors in life.

“For better or for worse, confidence opens as many doors as competence.”

“I’m a teacher and this belief has screwed over a lot of kids. They think they can confidence their way through life.”

“I have yet to meet an overconfident incompetent student succeed in life. Competence builds confidence.”

“Teenage confidence is so different from adult confidence though. Teenage confidence is often unfounded, undeserved, and/or shaky — more cockiness than confidence.”

We End With Some One Liners

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“Carpe all them diems.”

“Do. Not. Waste. It.”

“No life plan survives contact with the real world. We’re all basically just winging it.”

“Everyone is different, so there are no real, one size fits all answers.”

“It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life. — Captain Jean-Luc Picard.”

“You can be the most delicious peach on a tree, but not everybody likes peaches.”

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”

“Enjoy your youth till 16, because after that kid, the gloves come off.”

“You ain’t seen nothing yet.”

6 Gas Station Chains With Food So Good It’s Worth Driving Out Of Your Way For

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We scoured the Internet to see what people had to say about gas station food. If you think the only things available are wrinkled hotdogs of indeterminate age, and day-glow slushies, we’ve got great, tasty news for you. Whether it ends up being part of a regular routine, or your only resource on a long car trip, we have the food info you need. Let’s look at 6 gas stations that folks can’t get enough of and see what they have for you to eat. Read 6 Gas Station Chains With Food So Good It’s Worth Driving Out Of Your Way For

18 of the World’s Deadliest Foods: How Many Are You Eating?

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Whether you eat to live, or live to eat, let’s make sure you live to see another day! These are some of the world’s deadliest foods. They can bring on extreme symptoms, ranging from paralysis to seizures, choking and even death, so don’t go tucking these into your lunchbox. Click for 18 of the World’s Deadliest Foods: How Many Are You Eating?

10 Of The Worst Tasting Drinks People Pretend To Like

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Hold onto your taste buds, because we’re about to embark on a flavor-filled adventure through the realm of beverages! Sure, we all need water to survive, but let’s be real – drinks are so much more than just basic hydration. Recently, the question of which beverages people secretly think taste awful sparked a fiery debate. Boozy elixirs, non-alcoholic refreshments, and everything in between were thrown into the mix. Brace yourself as we unveil the truth behind the drinks we pretend to love. Get ready for a wild ride of taste revelations! Read 10 Of The Worst Tasting Drinks People Pretend To Like

14 Of The Craziest Hacks People Use Mayonnaise For – Even In The Bedroom!

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After you click through this slide show you will never look at a jar of mayo the same way again. Trust us. Click for 14 Of The Craziest Hacks People Use Mayonnaise For – Even In The Bedroom!

Take Back Control: How to Identify and Tackle Medical Gaslighting

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What is medical gaslighting? Medical gaslighting refers to a situation in which healthcare providers dismiss or diminish the symptoms that an individual is experiencing, attempting to persuade them that the symptoms are attributed to an alternative cause or are mere figments of their imagination. Medical gaslighting can leave you questioning your own experience. And at worse can lead to undiagnosed serious illness.

Learn the signs and the ways in which you can take back control if this happens to you. Read: Take Back Control: How to Identify and Tackle Medical Gaslighting

Don’t Fall For These 17 Foods That Pretend To Be Healthy

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Have you heard the term “Dr. Google”? That’s when you turn to search engines and the Internet to provide health and medical information – and unless you know how to vet sources, it is a mine field of faulty information. Here are 17 foods that you might have heard are “healthy”, but we have the whole story. PS: the moment a food becomes a trend, research carefully. We’re looking at you bulletproof coffee!

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17 Of The Most Expensive Foods In The World: Would You Pay This Much To Eat Any Of These?

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These days our food budget is not going very far, even for everyday foods. And yet, there are still those who seek out extravagant foods, regardless of price. I guess we can live vicariously through these pictures. Maybe someday someone will bestow a 4-pound white truffle upon us, but until then, this will have to suffice.

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19 Of The World’s Most Overrated Foods

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We have foods we love, and those we won’t touch. We all have our own likes and dislikes, but what are the most overrated foods? That was the question posed on this Reddit thread by Even_Cause_3478. There were a lot of opinions. Some made sense to us, and some were things we had never thought of before!

What is the most overrated food in your opinion?

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Miracle at 30,000 Feet: What Happens When a Baby is Born During a Flight?

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Have you ever wondered What Happens If You Give Birth On a Plane? Who delivers the baby? Where do you deliver the baby? What is the child’s citizenship, and do they get free trips for life?

Is Cash Still King In Your Life? 13 Reasons People Still Carry Cash

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Cash. It never used to be controversial, but these days it appears that there are those on both sides of the coin (so to speak). For those of us of a certain age we can remember our mothers always telling us to keep a $20 bill in our shoe or bra, in case of emergencies. Now many of us struggle to find a coin to put in the meter.

Cash lovers, and those who never carry it. What’s the reasoning, either way? A Redditor was thinking the same thing, and asked the question, Do You Still Carry Cash? These are the answers they got. Read Is Cash Still King In Your Life? 13 Reasons People Still Carry Cash

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