Friday, April 1, 2011
The family and I went to a DVD conference called Do Hard Things (and we also purchased the book) a couple of weekends ago. The authors, twin brothers who were in their teens at the writing of their book, challenge contemporary society's low expectations of teens. According to them, society expects the teen year to be like a vacation, with very little responsibilities. They claim that young people have great potential to do significant things but are simply living up (or down) to society's standards. Examples are given from the past where it was seen that people were either children or adults, and there was no such thing as the word "teenager". I have mixed feeling about this topic. Though I do feel strongly that society holds back youth from achieving, I think it is unfair to compare perceptions from the past with today's perceptions. We have a whole different set of challenges that could not even be understood in the past. With that said, I'm glad that the youth have something like this to challenge their thinking and to hopefully help them to achieve their potential. This piece was created with brush, pen and ink.