Quit cursing, because it’s impolite. Quit taking the lord’s name in vain, it offends others. Quit telling those jokes, they are insensitive. Quit going to Sea World, because the wales belong in the ocean. Quit listening to loud music, it will make you go deaf. Quit drinking soda, it is full of liquid corn and sugar. Quit watching the television in the dark, it will hurt your eyes. Quit laughing so hard, you make that embarrassing snort when you do. Quit sleeping in so late, the early bird gets the worm. Quit biting your nails, do you know how disgusting that is? Quit eating that fruit, it’s not organic or local or non-GMO. Quit smoking, you are going to die. Quit driving so fast, because you are going to kill someone. Quit talking too much, don’t you know that nobody hears what you say anyways? Quit giggling, you are being disrespectful. Quit drinking, you are going to drink yourself to death. Quit gambling, because no one ever wins. Quit having so much sex, you will catch a disease. Quit eating fries, you are going to get fat. Quit running so far, you are going to hurt yourself. Quit buying lottery tickets, you are setting a bad example for your children. Quit eating out at restaurants, they microwave the vegetables. Quit swimming in the ocean, you’ll get bitten by a shark. Quit smoking pot, you will never accomplish anything. Quit hanging out with them, they aren’t as good as you are. Quit reading that book, it is completely vulgar. Quit listening to that music, it goes against our religion. Quit singing, your voice just isn’t any good. Quit dating that guy, he is just a bartender. Quit going to the theatre, you really can’t afford it. Quit talking on your phone so much, you are going to get brain cancer. Quit eating red meat, it will raise your blood pressure. Quit riding roller coasters, someone died the other day. Quit eating candy, it will rot your teeth.
I am rebellious by nature. Being who I am, all of these comments I wrote up above are things that have stuck out to me in my life. They have not all been said to me, but I notice them, nonetheless. They hurt a little. The sad part of this, to me, is that every one of these actions is an action that might bring someone joy, and enrich their experience of life. As parents, or as friends, are we being just a little judgmental? Could we be a little more careful, possibly convey our concerns with more compassion? Of course, moderation is paramount in life, but so is living.
Humans want to live. They want to experience the life that is so uniquely theirs. They have the desire to control their own destiny, to create pleasure and passion and joy. We want to shelter our children. We care deeply for the people in our lives. Of course we do, and we want what is best for them. I am trying to keep an open mind though, to the idea that I may only truly know just what is best for me. I don’t want to be a quitter, I want to stay in the game until the very end, and have the time of my life!