What The 10 Commandments Would Look Like If They Were Made For 20-Somethings

by Matt Green

We unfortunately live in a world where cell phones and social media are more important than face-to-face interaction. People would rather have a four-hour text conversation than a 10-minute phone call.

We believe that the number of followers or likes we get on social media proves our worth as an individual. We push aside our actual dreams and aspirations, like landing a full-time job, and replace them with meaningless goals, like making it to the popular page on Instagram or having a celebrity tweet back at you.

I never generalize, but MOST (not all) of my generation believes that they deserve everything in the world and that things should be given to us, not earned.

I have put the responsibility in my own hands to create the new Ten Commandments for this generation and to hopefully save the upcoming generations to come:

I. Thou Shalt Not Cheat

Simple, right? WRONG. If you have someone in your life who truly loves you for every little thing about you, appreciate this person.

Love him or her to the moon and back; give this person the world and experience life together. If you lose feelings for that person, just be honest and share how you're feeling.

It's much better to be respected for being honest about your change of feelings than to be ridiculed for not communicating and being deceiving and giving false hope.

DO NOT break this person's heart because more than likely, he or she would never do that to you. Cheating proves nothing besides the fact that you have no morals or conscience.

II. Thou Shalt Not Facebook Your Problems

There is no worse way to go about a breakup, fight or any other sort of drama than by making a Facebook status or tweeting about it.

If you have a problem with someone, face it; don't Facebook it. The fact that you decide to bring your personal problems into the limelight of social media means two things: 1) You are seeking attention by any means necessary, and 2) you have no problem with people butting into your business.

III. Eliminate the Hookups

Ditch the idea that landing multiple men or women from the bar every weekend is something to admire. Nobody finds that attractive or respectable.

There is no problem with trying to meet new people, but there's a fine line between meeting new people for a change of scenery, and meeting new people to test out your new mattress.

Start falling in love... hard. Seek inner-beauty over exterior qualities. Open up your heart, put down the walls you've built up and be vulnerable.

IV. Say "I Love You" Every Day

Tell the people you love how much they mean to you and how much you love them. From bromance to romance, you can never get sick of hearing someone tell you how much you mean to him or her. Remember every moment you spend with this person and the memories you create and never take them for granted.

V. Honor Thy Mother and Father

RESPECT YOUR PARENTS. They have given you everything in life (including your life). They've helped with last-minute book reports, paying bills and were there when you needed a shoulder to cry on. Yes, they'll get on your nerves and more than likely, you'll get on theirs, but never disrespect them.

One day they won't be in your life anymore and you will wish you still had five missed calls and seven texts from Mom saying, "Where are you?!?"

VI. Thou Shalt Not Selfie

There's a difference between showing off the weight you lost or a new haircut and taking five pictures a day of you just looking at the camera asking for attention.

Studies are showing that the selfie trend is borderline narcissistic. Girls do it to make themselves feel beautiful, which every girl should already feel, and guys do it to show off their "muscles." There's a time and a place for everything, but selfies are hard to validate.

VII. Take Care of Yourself

From the inside and out. Start to eat healthier, begin a workout routine, dress with class and sophistication. Taking care of yourself shows that you have self-respect and everybody admires that. There is nothing more attractive than someone who is the best version that he or she can be.

VIII. Thou Shalt Not Grow Up Too Fast

Have goals and never stop dreaming, but don't take yourself too seriously just yet. You will have to eventually, but understand that we are still growing and maturing.

Enjoy the little things in life and take advantage of any opportunity that presents itself to you. Don't ever lose that little kid inside of you. Push yourself on the grocery cart when you go shopping or sing in the shower. It's all about the healthy balance of maturity and playfulness that makes you a beautiful human being.

IX. Put Down Thy Phone and Start Living

The text message can wait. It's an amazing sight to see when you are walking on the street and observe how many people are looking down on their phones, totally canceling out the world around them.

If you are with family, friends or a loved one, you do not have to be checking your phone every two minutes.

I understand that texting is inevitable, but the person in front of you should always be more important than the name on the screen.

X. Thou Shalt Never Give Up

An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it's going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming.

This quote encompasses everything in life: relationships, personal struggle and self-doubt. Never give up and don't ever let a situation beat you down into the ground. There are highs and lows in life, but there should never be a time where you give up entirely; you're far better than that.-

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