Listed are some of the basic things you should know by age 18. These are for men & women, gender isn’t an excuse or an exception.
These aren’t in any specific order.
1. Build a fire. At the very least, know how to light a grill. How to safely extinguish the fire you started.
2. Change a flat tire. Replace a windshield wiper. check your automobile or truck fluid levels, including oil, coolant & brake fluid.
3. Enjoy the company of older people. Listen to what they’ve done or learned. Understand that with age comes the knowledge that some of the things you’re doing or thinking right now, they probably did too, and some of that may not be productive or beneficial to you.
4. Learn to do basic clothing and accessories care. Know how to clean your clothes and shine your shoes. Be able to do basic mending, such as sew on a button. Know how to iron a shirt, skirt or pants.
5. Use basic hand tools properly / safely. You don’t need to necessarily know how to weld, drill different materials, or operate a drill press, but you should at least know how to use non-powered tools. Things such as screwdrivers (different sizes / shapes including star & torx), pliers, cutting pliers, wrenches, sockets, hammers, files, sandpaper (coarse & fine), paint brushes, rollers, drip trays along with clean-up, and tire irons, should be within your ability by 18 or at least age 21.
6. Read and assemble things you might bring home like bookshelves, cabinets.
7. Use a lawnmower, even if it’s the old fashioned manual. It’s a good idea you know how to use a gasoline lawnmower safely too.
8. Drive a car safely, preferably manual but at least one with an automatic transmission. Understand speed limits and why there are things such as turn signals. (They’re not just for decoration). Parallel park a car. Drive safe in a parking lot.
* Please don’t be one of those idiots that turns on their four way flashers because it’s raining or snowing, they’re to be used in an emergency such as you’re stalled on or off the road. *
9. Have basic manners. Be polite, the world doesn’t revolve around you, even if you become famous. Know how to eat in public so you don’t scare a date or look like you belong in an over the top comedy.
10. Clean your apartment or house. Start in the kitchen and bathrooms. Know how to disinfect surfaces and clean floors. Later graduate to advance studies in dusting and vacuuming.
11. Know how to cook for yourself and maybe another person. Remember, you should be able to do this without mom and dad watching over you.
12. Manage your money. Understand your after tax income, spending priorities, routine bills, and balancing the checkbook. Later you might learn the importance of having some savings for those unexpected emergencies and your retirement.
13. What to do in case of a fire. Know your exits, have a plan.
14. Basic small wound care. What do you do for a scrape, a cut or a burn. How to handle a sprain or strain.
15. Escape a sinking vehicle. Mistakes and accidents can happen, be prepared for this one.