During adolescence boys are searching for their identity, focused outside the family on friends and school and wanting more say in the rules they live by at home. Curfews, technology usage, choice of friends, dating, sexual practices, alcohol and drug use are all open questions.
While I wish you a great future, what I really wish for you is a great summer. Because if you learn to appreciate the now, you'll always have it to reflect on. If you forever focus on tomorrow, you'll never truly have today. Congratulations and good luck!
Yesterday, as I sat down with a group of ten-year-old girls, I expected the usual conversation of cats and pizza, and while the conversation topic remained rather shallow in light of Brexit, Zika and the 2016 Election, I was particularly struck by a comment about shoe-laces.
Bold steps are required and it is for developed nations to take the lead and show the way. Ombudspersons must be instituted at all levels -- national, regional and international for them to become effective. They must be the voice of civil society and in order to be effective need to possess the key ingredients of legitimacy, independent authority, accessibility and transparency.
The summer after junior year is absolute bliss. You've made it! You're finally at the top of your high school. You weathered what everyone told you would be the most difficult year. You survived being an underclassman. Life is good.