A Chance to Rant: about RULES

You have to see this video. This one’s for the rule breakers out on Planet Earth. (Just DON’T do this at home!)

RULES. Have you ever stopped to think about how many rules you’re expected to follow in a single day? In the morning there’s a rule about putting the milk away in the frig or scrapping your plate. There’s the rule about getting to class on time, keeping your cell phone off, and just skip the texting. You have to wait until you’re how old to get a driver’s license?—and then there are hundreds of rules of the road to follow. Games have rules, governments have tons of rules, and sometimes even your friends have their own set of rules. Tests have rules and rules have tests at every turn.

Mallard ducks swimming in front of warning sign at Weeki Wachee Springs by State Library and Archives of Florida

In GIRL IN THE ARENA, my character Lyn, has to live with the worst kind of rules. Some days, maybe you feel the same way.

If you could eliminate ONE rule that people expect you to follow, what would it be?

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  1. Letting teens drive cars– sorry to any teens out there visiting this blog and following Lise’s fabulous teen heroine– but as a Mom if i could change one widely accepted Rule, i would honestly change the rules on teen driving– every day driving my 11 year old to school i pass a makeshift shrine with the colors of the Irish flag marking where one teen driver hit a phone pole and ended his life. And i always think i’d happily drive my son everywhere and anywhere, even to wild parties, if i could just keep him off the road himself a few years more…Not fair to the many good responsible teen drivers, i know, but that’s my selfish Mom Wish if i could change one rule…

  2. Linda says:

    It would have be to clean up after yourself. For one day, I’d like to leave a trail of uncapped bottles on the counter, bowls of mushy cereal on the table, scraps of paper, torn envelopes and snotty tissues, dirty pans, cold cups of coffee, shoes in the hall, jeans draped on the chair, panties on the bathroom floor, wet toothbrush in the sink.

  3. Cari says:

    This is just a “do-it-if-you-want-to-keep-your-job-where-you-work-with-the-public” rule. It would be awesome if I could remove it and still keep my job.

    If someone is being rude to you while you are trying to help them, you don’t get to straighten them out and tell them to treat you like a human being and not a dog. (Also, you can’t refuse them service for being jerks.)

    It’s not a hard and fast rule, but it would be nice if I didn’t feel I had to follow it.