Gunn to host teen wellness panel tonight
Original post made on Jan 23, 2013
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on Jan 23, 2013 at 1:50 pm
I hope some mention is made of getting our teens to have some fun for no reason other than to have fun.
I have seen so many teens unable to truly unwind and have fun. Too many times their only out of school activities are because they will look good on college applications, or because they are beneficial in some way or other. It is time we put back activities into our young people's lives that are not designed to be challenging or character building, but instead just designed to be fun. Sports, music, drama, etc. are all good things to do, but because of the expectations of doing well and outshining each other, they have long lost their fun factor.
Putting some fun back in the lives of teens could be something that makes their lives worth the effort today, rather than something for the future that they feel is still a long way ahead.
on Jan 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm
"Sports, music, drama, etc. are all good things to do, but because of the expectations of doing well and outshining each other, they have long lost their fun factor."
You're absolutely right. I think EVERYTHING has turned into a competition.
It's embarrassing at this point.
on Jan 23, 2013 at 4:28 pm
Is it possible to have fun while there's constant awareness that others are getting ahead? Like taking a break in the middle of a marathon and watching everybody trotting on past you. Every minute of downtime is a detriment to one's future. The only rational approach is to redefine success, as having some fun and being happy rather than being miserable accumulating a string of meaningless accomplishments. Life requires balance, after all. Unfortunately those on the fast track look pretty happy when they get admitted to the Ivies and will no doubt have plenty of fun there.
I don't want to be a troll here, but what is the answer to all this competition? As for myself, it's all far behind me now, and I don't particularly regret not winning the Nobel Prize or being President of the United States.