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TITLE: If Only My Mom or Someone Had Told Me? #11 (c)
By gene hudgens
08/28/07
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Caring parents try to live daily so that when their children think of them they also think of integrity, fairness and caring.

When we older folks were young teens like you, we often felt then, as we’re sure you do now…that adults just don’t understand and just don’t care. More than anything we oldies want to assure all of you that it is because we do sincerely care that we are concerned and always teaching (not nagging)…really caring.

Most of us realize that many things are so different today that it is much more difficult for you to adjust in your environment and to achieve your goals, than it was for us during our teen years.

Its easy to live in fairyland or a dream world. Life isn’t easy, but every one of us is responsible for our own actions. Children can have some time dreaming and playing in fairyland, but teens and adults don’t have that choice. Each of us and each of you must keep up each day, otherwise we get so far behind that we never catch up.

Unfortunately too many teens and adults just don’t understand the importance of growing up and accepting responsibilities. These are the individuals that have problems in life and blame others for these problems. They refuse to build a solid foundation for their lives. Carefully look around your environment each day. The world (society) does not and will not slow down for any individual. Society won’t change, but individual must.


Water seeks its own level…
And temporary artificial dikes
Made of sand and mud seldom hold.
© Gene Hudgens

Teens will make decisions, but well-informed teens will more likely make wiser decisions if taught earlier enough. You are a lucky teen if your parents taught you early to accept responsibility and come to them for advice and answers to you many questions.

Even if you are a teen that did not receive good advice and love from your parents, you still have the responsibility of learning the rules of life in school, church, and from observing others. God gave us all a brain and expects us to use it. If we refuse to learn it’s a sign of laziness and society does not accept this as a justified excuse.

Try real hard to develop “self”. Be choosy when picking friends. Consider not developing deep serious relationships and really consider delaying sexual intercourse until you’re old enough and mature enough to cope. Enjoy your young teen years with as few worries and distractions as possible. Concentrate on keeping yourself physically and mentally active by constantly working and studying.

Think about “self”, because you are the most important person in the whole world. Each evening take a few moments to evaluate your day and your progress. Work real hard developing pride in “you”; self-contentment; self-satisfaction with “you”; self-regard; and self-respect. When you make mistakes...admit your mistakes and move on.

Talking with Jesus each day will make everything in your life easier. When you pray, consider asking Jesus to guide and advise you so that you can avoid self-doubt; self-contempt; self-distrust; and self-hate.

All of us, especially girls, need to put brakes on serious relationships and marriage until we achieve our education, goals, and self-esteem. Be smart. Its OK to be selfish and demand the right to have fun and enjoy dreaming, traveling, exploring, studying and working before ever considering the massive responsibilities of marriage.

Youth flies by so quickly and we never get back a single day once night arrives. Think of “self” and never rush to complete your beautiful youth. Live this precious life one day at a time and enjoy each minute to the fullest.

Marriage is one of the most unimportant words or actions in the entire world during your youth. Never let anyone for any reason convince you differently. Think! Think… “self”.
©Gene Hudgens
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