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When Penny's mom said last week that Ms. Oleksiak is in fact "a very typical teenager," she reminded us of something important. Ms. Oleksiak is one of many young Canadians just waiting for their opportunity to shine. If we surround them with support, they will no doubt live up to the challenge just like Ms. Oleksiak did in Rio.
Nothing feels safe. Nothing feels right. And there is the "who-cares-anymore" well of depression. You are in a place you never imagined, much less prepared for: you are in hell. Dealing with this anguish and sorrow is a rocky, uneven road. Eventually, you manage to put one foot in front of the other, even if you have been robotic and numb.
A few years ago I decided to embark on a backpacking trip across Europe for two months. Towards the end of my travels, I found myself at the Sisteen Chapel in Rome, Italy. As I was standing there, enchanted by this insanely crazy masterpiece, I felt a soft whisper perk the tiny hairs on the back of my neck.
Since teenage brains are literally neurobiologically different from adults, coupled with their fluctuating hormones, the way they process information also differs greatly from how we may process the very same things. This creates a situation where, when told not to wear something deemed inappropriate for that particular environment, while an adult may understand that it is simply a fashion issue within that specific circumstance, a teenager may perceive it on a chemical level as a personal threat to their entire identity and independence. As a result, they can become fiercely protective and hypersensitive to any potential threats made to their autonomy and are more likely to push the limits in response.
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We are witnessing political, social and economic exclusion of young people in many countries around the world. Frustration and resentment are mounting. We feel the power of these young people. We fear their anger and their numbers. But we don't listen to what they are saying. We need to stop seeing young people as a threat and make them part of the solution.
Recently, my daughter began to come to me for advice. The Junior Child, so named because she is the youngest, called me, her father, to get input on job interview techniques. Job interviews can be intimidating for those who are just entering this hyper competitive job market.
Interviews are scary. After graduation I felt completely unprepared to answer the question, "why do you want to work here?" However, before one particular interview my dad gave me some advice that really helped me get over my fears. Though I suspect he gave me this advice so I would stop calling him all the time.
People have expressed to me an urgent need to bring the best ideas together to come up with real solutions to us move out from under the dark shadow of long-term chronic underemployment.
Not enough young people believe they can change the world on a global scale. The problem is a mindset problem, and one I believe is more dire than some might think. Too many young entrepreneurs think they're rock stars by launching another social network, or naming themselves the CEO of the world's 498th messaging app. Honestly, they're probably wasting their time.
I left my psychologist's couch three years ago, feeling bitter and yet relieved. "You don't have OCD," she says, "everyone has these compulsions, I wouldn't worry." And yet I was worried. As I've gotten older, the triggers have gotten worse: homework, deadlines, boyfriends, grades, lack of sleep, insomnia over quarter life crises -- you name it.
At a time where most pre-teens and teenagers are worried about things like getting the newest electronic gadget or getting their hair and makeup just so, it's nice to see that there are young people that are aware of the impact that cancer, or other chronic diseases has on a family and loved ones.
I'm told that 30 is a big step in the long march from an idealistic youth to a staunchly conservative mid-life. I'm pretty sure I won't become any less idealistic in my approaching dotage. I will still advocate for these same policies; the only difference being that as an adult my opinions are taken seriously. Why do we have such low expectations for young people?
Bill Clinton at the DNC said what white- and blue-collar workers have known for 30 years: you need to invest in people to have an innovative and productive economy. My coach, used to say "you get corn, if you plant corn." Neither in government nor in business have we been planting corn. We quit planting it almost 30 years ago when we got rid of middle management in government and the private sector, and as the economy reveals, we are losing.
When you meet these bright young students, the first impression is "wow, they're pretty normal teenagers." That impression doesn't last long. The minute they begin to describe their research, my mind reels as I try to keep up with each project's premise and findings. These are exception children, and they are our future.