Teen Tuesday – A Different Perspective
One thing that’s hard for teenagers to do is to look at something from a different perspective. I’m not trying to be harsh; I’m just being honest – psychologically speaking, from personal experience as a teenager once and as a teacher now. It’s just difficult for them to get out of their own heads enough to see things in a way that doesn’t revolve around their own beliefs, values, and experiences. Shoot, it’s still hard for us as adults at times.
In some ways, this is perfectly normal and we can’t expect teens to see things the way adults do or can. However, I think it’s imperative that we do our best to expose them to the folly of some of their ways of thinking. Being materialistic and “all about me” has become such a normal, accepted way of life and mentality in America, that we don’t always recognize our youth following in our footsteps. We may know better, but we don’t always show it or talk about it. Between our often bad example and what they see in the media and their peers, they aren’t getting much stimulus to shift their way of thinking. It’s time for them (as well as us!) to wake up to what really matters and to see things from a different point of view. “Things” don’t matter. They are not eternal. People matter. Love matters. Compassion matters. Grab hold of that eternal stuff and everything else will fade away.