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This week, we look at Asset #40, a Positive View of Personal Future. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they are optimistic about their personal future.” Nationally it is reported that 74 percent of youth have this asset.
If you set aside the national economic news, the future seems to have a connotation of looking a little rosier. It does seem that lately everyone seems to try a little harder to get along, to work together and to make a difference.
That is exactly the point I’m trying to make. Once again, we need to inquire about what youth want to do, no matter how different it is from what we want for the children in our community; we need to find the silver lining.
If what they want to do just doesn’t seem possible, then you can always talk about a plan B, but don’t squash their dreams. No one has a right to squash someone’s dreams, but it happens all the time.
It also doesn’t mean that the idea that we want at age 14 turns out to be what we do at age 40. The truth is in seventh or eighth grade, I was dead set on joining the United States Marine Corps, Ooh-Rah. My brother was in the Corp and it seemed like the path to follow all the way up until college.
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