It’s not about telling a kid “don’t do drugs” or a group of them to “Stop bullying each other”. It’s about helping youth recognize that they have choices in their lives.
It’s not about academics — That’s our agenda, not theirs. We should want teenagers to be happy and healthy and let the other stuff come after that. The other stuff WILL come after that.
It’s not about telling a kid “things will get better” even when you know they won’t. It’s about helping that kid understand that nothing is permanent and everything is temporary, even pain.
Here we are trying to mold them into what best suits society and neglecting to pay more attention to what we’ve already done. We think so much about the future and the past that we often neglect the present.
Matt Tod is an international speaker, leadership facilitator, writer and lover of all things Zombie-related.