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I was fortunate in that I had the opportunity to take my education all the way to college. But I would be lying if I said there was any kind of planning going on for my future. I lived day to day, concerned with grades, tuition and the many challenges facing me: peer pressure, changes in my body and the problems that face every growing teenager. I lived completely in the now, the future was something that I assumed would take care of itself. And I suppose it did. Even though every day had uncertainties, the future still unfolded.
Today’s youth have the added pressures of social media and a fast-moving society. Our values are changing. Many people seem to be more concerned with fame and wealth than finding the best place for themselves in society. Young people want to be movie stars, rock stars, sports stars. They won’t admit they don’t have the talent to chase their dream — until reality tells them they need to earn a living.
Perhaps I am not seeing the bigger picture, however. Life is full of natural disasters, wars, surprises and mysteries. It might be a dull world if people walked along one path and never left it.
Did you plan your life? (Beverly A. Jackson)
This article was provided by The Japan Times Alpha.