Teen Tuesday – Teenagers and Hope

I normally read this poem at the beginning of the year to my freshman, but I figured it’s just as appropriate now that graduation is around the corner or already here for some.  Best wishes to all of you graduates!  Reach for the stars, and don’t let anyone tell you it’s not possible!



Teenagers and Hope

By Dusty Crabtree

“When I say the word ‘teenager’ what’s the first word that comes to your mind?”

“Disrespectful,” grumbles an elderly woman.

“Stubborn!” exclaims a mother.

“Attitude!” shouts a father.

“Unmotivated,” sighs a teacher.

“Lazy,” huffs an employer.

“Mean,” whimpers a child.

“Self-absorbed,” declares a college student.

“And you?  What comes to your mind?”

“Hope,” I say.

“Hope?  What an odd answer.  Explain yourself.”

“When I think of teenagers, I think of hope.  Sure, they may have rough edges that need to be smoothed and behaviors that need to be learned, but they are also passionate, driven, sincere, creative, trusting, optimistic, and hopeful.  They have so much to learn and so much to give.  The possibilities for them and their futures are limitless.  They feel like they can accomplish anything, because they haven’t been told otherwise.  Sadly, we were once that way too.  But since then we’ve listened to the world’s lies about our insignificance and helplessness in changing our world.  We’ve become jaded and complacent, but teenagers have not.  They still believe they can change the world . . . and they can.”


~ by Dusty Crabtree - Author of Shadow Eyes on May 14, 2013.

3 Responses to “Teen Tuesday – Teenagers and Hope”

  1. Wonderful post, Dusty! I hope all teens and graduates realize that they can be the change they want to see in their world. Cheers and wishing all graduates the best possible outcome!

  2. I love this! This is amazing. Thanks so much! 🙂

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