Top Ten Experiences Leading to Responsible Adulthood

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1.      Getting laid off from a job you like due to no fault of your own.  Really - it's a 21st century rite of passage.

 

2.      Getting stopped for a (minor, very minor) traffic violation and attending traffic school - you'll be much more aware of bending the rules when you have "points" on your DMV record.

 

3.      Vote - it doesn't matter who you vote for as long as you know WHY you are voting for them.

 

4.      Take care of a pet - even if it is just a friend's pet - for at least a week.  You'll get to experience the unconditional love of a living thing and won't have to obligate yourself to the long term commitment if it turns out you hate it.

 

5.      Go on a trip to a country where you do not speak the language and don't hang out with the other Americans.

 

6.      Work in a customer service/wait staff /retail job - you'll never be rude to those service industry employees again.

 

7.      Baby-sit kids for a whole weekend - again...they don't have to be YOURS, just see what it "feels like" to have another human being depending on you...

 

8.      Volunteer for an entire day - pick any cause and go with the intent of paying it forward - when it's not all about you it feels great afterward - don't just take my word for it.

 

9.      Assemble furniture from Ikea or any other big box company - it can try the patience of even the most Zen-like person - and teaches you to at least read directions in life when they are available - following them is another subject.

 

10.  Get dumped by someone you are crazy about - ask for pain?  Yeah, pretty much.  It teaches you a lot about being a better friend, not taking others for granted and that the heart is a very resilient body part.

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