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We have always known that teenage brains are not not like grown-up ones. Anyone can remember, later, what it felt like to be 14, 15, 16. Sometimes you knew what you were doing was a bad idea, but you had a need to do it anyway, a kind of innocent ferver, (or fever,) I can remember thinking that I was living out the most important days of my life then. I was sure that the years that came after were going to be dull, that adult life was diluted somehow, a comprimise.

I did really stupid things back then, dangerous things that I would not do now.

And Of course I was wrong. Everything is just as vivid as ever. Love can be paired with responible action. In fact they improve each other.

So here is an article. These kids got lucky, they will live to grow up.


The other side of it, of course, is that teens are idealistic. The chemicals that make them bold, make them have unprotected sex, and drive too fast, and shout that 'You just don't understand,' those chemicals make them believe that they can change the world for the better. They hate injustice because they have just noticed it.

Daughter went to the climate change march today in Manhattan. She said that lots of people stopped to take her picture. (Bright blue hair again this year, tatt of a tree on her thigh. She is strange and abrasive and lovely.) She wants to make the world a better place. I just have to keep her safe long enough to do it.


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Sep. 22nd, 2014 04:14 pm (UTC)
My job for many years was looking after teenagers and I miss them very much - not least for the way they challenge your beliefs and make you defend them (or in some cases, abandon them.)
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