in high school?
You know! Everyone had a "label" in high school. What was yours? Don't worry...I'm about to tell you mine. I am many years out of high school now so it doesn't matter anymore. Right?
Are you at all remotely like me? Does the thought of high school still send you into a cold sweat? Are you one of those people who avoid reunions at ALL costs?
I was the "wannabe" in high school. I wanted so badly to fit in with the "popular" people. Of course, I never did. I went to a small school (K3-12th had about 180 students total) and, no matter how hard I tried, I was always an outsider. I can clearly remember that, in high school I thought I was a whale. Of course, it didn't help that I got that impression from other students. Looking back, I can't believe that I ever thought that, especially in light of the fact that the person who I thought was my closest friend was actually a little "larger" than I was.
Sigh. Why are we so mean to each other when we are young?
Does it ever end? I know of adults who are just as mean (or meaner) as teenagers. Sometimes it's worse with adults because they can be way sneaker about their meaness then teenagers. Why are we like that to each other?
I find myself telling students over and over that there is no reason why they can't be nice to each other. You don't have to be "BFF" with everyone but you also don't have to be hateful. Yet, how often is it that adults don't practice what they preach?
How often is it that our workplaces are filled with adults who constantly gossip about each other; only looking out for "number one"? Why do we model the same behavior that we tell our young to avoid? Talk about being hypocrites.
Why do we allow our young to watch shows on TV that glorify gossip, backbiting, backstabbing, etc.? Why do we watch it ourselves? Why do we glory in the suffering of others? Why do we put others down to make ourselves seem better?
Christians are taught to "be kind to one another"; even the unsaved claim to follow the "Golden Rule." Taught. Claim to. Hmmmm. I wonder.
I wonder what this world or even this country would be like if we all practiced what we preached in this area. What would our workplaces be like? In this age of "bullying", what would our schools be like if we follwed the "Golden Rule"?
I promise a much lighter post tomorrow. Right now, my heart is heavy for my young people. Not only do they grow up to fast, but there are precious few good role models for them anymore. Sometimes I wonder if we are fighting a losing battle.
I am determined to go down fighting. They mean too much to me to just give up.