This is of course is assuming that you have a mind in the first place.
Okay, I normally bite my tongue at comments like these but today I'm probably going to get myself in trouble...
I do a lot of volunteer work with kids of all ages. I'm used to their comedy and joking around with one another so it normally just rolls off my back, but today I would like to just make a comment about this type of behaviour on the boards.
We have had a lot of great professionals around here, some of which I have become friends with. Great guys! Unfortunately, you don't find them around here much anymore.
You may ask yourself, why? Well, they signed on to help. However, they don't seem to have the same patience that I do. If they are going to spend their time helping they are going to do it where people are more serious minded and have an attitude about learning, not joking around.
If my daughter is going to spend time on a forum, its not this one. (No offense intended towards Penguin
) She just wants to learn and research without all the "kid stuff". When it comes to her magic, she takes it seriously. Hey, she can be the biggest clown around, but she knows there is a time and place for everything.
Okay, so its a innocent joking around comment. However, if everyone took a more serious attitude about actually wanting to learn the art of magic, listened to the professionals that are actually trying to give you the benefit of their experience, you might be surprised by the willingness of others to help and they may actually stick around longer.
Everyone says they want to perform at 13, 14, 15-- well, to be taken seriously you have to act seriously. If you want to learn, sorry--- its not about being a kid, its about being mature and being ready to listen and put the antics aside for awhile. If my daughter didn't, she wouldn't be hired to do City jobs, nor would she get feedback like, "she is mature beyond her years-- quite intelligent and charming" from the City officials hiring her. I am not trying to be boastful when I say this. What I am trying to do is point out that this could be YOU.
If any of my friends out there happen to read this and want to chime in...I'd love to hear your thoughts. Well, I've heard your thoughts in the past on the subject, but it might be good for the kids to hear them as well!
This statement is not meant to be mean. It is just pointing out reality. If you guys were to go to a SYM, SAM, or IBM meeting you wouldn't act that way, or you'd be bounced by the Sargeant at Arms. For many of you, this is your "virtual" meeting place to learn. You guys want help, but you're not helping yourselves. I'm here to help where I can, but you could benefit by so many others. Again, I work with kids all the time and I'm used to the joking around, etc. I've even partake in it when appropriate. However, when its time to focus-- its time to focus.
Okay so the lecture is over. I hope you take it as it was intended. It was not meant to be mean spirited in the least. I absolutely love to see the younger generation prosper in their achievements. It actually brings me joy to see their accomplishments-- and if this is something you really want to do-- then I want you to prosper and see where the magic will take you.
P.S. Don't forget we have off-topic boards where you can joke around all you want within the limits of Penguin's rules and guidelines.