I wonder what Western society will be like 50 years from today. It's hard to say. Even 15 years ago when I was hoping 2015 would be filled with hoverboards and flying cars, I never expected that it will really just be me typing in my username and password 50 times a day into a little electronic box.
Wondering what the maverick inventor thinks about in his off-time can be a source of comic relief, as well as some pretty far-fetched science fiction fantasy. That being said, there are some really good ideas that can come from trying to think with the same 'big idea, blue sky' strokes of genius as the real-life Tony Stark.
You're smiling as you read this because you understand that the choices I make today affect you and your daily life right now. You are truly proud and honored to have been me because your overall journey sprinkled with mistakes, hardships, rejections, failures, and heartbreaks became your recipe to the happiness that resides in you in this very moment.
As a nation, it behooves us to consider how we prioritize various learning experiences. As millions of high school students leap through the hoops and hurdles of the next 9 months of the school year, we must look beyond short-term gains in specific skills and knowledge toward their longer term needs and desires.