I hated being one and then decided to spend my life teaching them and being surrounded by them on a daily basis…a LOT of people ask ‘why’?!
It’s difficult to explain, and I don’t know what it says about me, but, I just get them. Yes they can be gross. Yes they can be rude. But what a lot of people don’t see is that most of them are amazing. I’ve had my run in with some very unpleasant, rude, mean spirited and sly teens (and I’m positive I have had dealings with their future grown up selves) but when you look deep inside, and really get to know them, teenagers are inspiring. They are dealing with an incredible amount of pressure and are still trying to develop emotionally…it is the time in their lives where their adult coping skills are being developed while at the same time having to deal with their still present internal little kid. I have the greatest respect for the struggle they face on a daily basis.
Just over a month ago, I had the pleasure of joining my homeroom year 9 group on their camp. (In Australia each year group goes on a camp for a few days during the year…I LOVE this idea and wish we did this at home but due to numbers it’s near impossible). It was an intense week (16km canoe, 20km hike and a 50km bike ride) and there was whinging and some not-so-shining-stars…but I came away completely inspired by my group of eighteen 14 year olds. They were challenged both physically and mentally but they came together as a group and made it through…and as an outcome, a much stronger group because of it.
I am so incredibly happy that I got to experience Australian camp and even more so because I got to experience it with so many outstanding human beings.
~ Hugs and love ~