If I would have tried suing MY parents back in the day, they would have laughed in my face and then grounded me for a year!

Entitlement: When did THIS become a thing?Picture
Lately, all we ever hear about are stories involving teenagers that thrive on causing a scene. They pack guns instead of lunches, disrespect their parents and walk around with the same pompous sense of entitlement that Hollywood Producers have been putting in front of the camera for years. It makes you want to ground them for life... 

But no one ever does.

Teenagers are rebellious by nature; it's been that way since the dawn of time. But at what point does their aggressive behavior cross the line between what's expected and what's accepted? When did it become okay for kids to sue their parents? And whose fault is it when they do? When I was a teenager, I did all sorts of things that I wasn't supposed to... I dabbled with the forbidden fruit, skipped a couple classes and lied about where I was goingbut never, not once, did I EVER intentionally disrespect my parents–it simply wasn't an option. 

There are only two teams in the game of life–but only one can win. While one team defeats their opponent by hitting below the belt, the other consistently plays by the rules. But recently, there has been a change in the playbook that's led to much controversy. It seems, somewhere; someone erased the subliminal line that has always been there to separate the athletes from amateurs. Maybe they thought it would give the players more independence or create a sense of false security by leveling the playing field? But it didn't. In fact, whatever plan they did have, backfired; and now all of those players–once curious and full of hope–are wildly roaming our streets, carrying bats, gloves and enough chips on their shoulders to feed the homeless.

And they're angry, very angry–furious you might even say... But why?  

There comes a point in everyone's life when it's time to step up to the plate and decide which team you want to play for. Then, you can either accept the one you've selected–or do your best to gain the respect of the one you should have picked. It doesn't do any good to be right or turn yourself into a victim because "Father Jenkins touched you inappropriately." You're never going to get anywhere by blaming your parents, your teachers, or some guy who just cheated on you with your best friend; because at this point in your life, there's only one person to blame–and it isn't them.

When we're young, we think we're invincible. We look at people in their 40's and think "that will never be me!" In our minds, we truly believe that we can live forever–wrinkle-free and without a care in the world. And no amount of drugs, alcohol or bad behavior is going to stop us from having a good time...

"Screw YOU, society... I'll grow up when I'm damn good and ready!"

But life doesn't always work out that way. You'll break bones, lose people you love and worry about paying the rent. There will be curve balls–lots of them. And no matter how much you want to believe that your father will always be there to catch the ones that you miss; one day, he's going to retire to that big catcher's mound in the sky and leave you standing there, all alone... 

In a field full of spectators who are waiting to see your next move. If I were you, I'd stick to the rules and keep my eye on the ball. Fans can be brutal, especially when you don't deserve to have any.



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