Today I'm linking up for five minutes on the word path with some other lovely ladies at the site of someone who inspires me. Join in or come along for the ride.
At the end of middle school/beginning of high school, I took part in a program called H.A.P.P.Y. Looking beyond the name itself, it was a group of students who consistently made themselves about coming up with positive ways to impact the younger grades who would come after them. We were about promoting alternatives to living a life of addiction, falling into habits like substance abuse, and the like. It seemed heavy handed for 13/14 year olds to be the ones to be passionate about changing the views about this kind of stuff, but really, who better to relate than those who have walked those steps of peer pressure too?
It's kind of strange because as you get older, at least for me, you begin to realize that when you were young like that, there was still a lot of growing up to do, a lot of messing up, a lot of learning left. And I know I still haven't fully arrived yet. But I'm thankful that my 13-year-old self didn't get a memo that I was too young to start someplace. That I was too young to be passionate about the things that interested me, and also to start to connect to others at a young age.
Youth have minds, hearts and dreams that can go in so many directions. Encouragement and exposure to positive things can go a long way. Is there a youth in your life who could use a caring word or you could invite to be part of a positive experience?