I had a random thought. What else is new? I feel like my brain is trying to tweet, only giving me clips of insight under 140 characters.
I was thinking about things I would tell my teenaged self now that I am older and supposedly wiser. There are many things I would tell myself, but I'm pretty sure I would not have listened.
I was also thinking that the things at my age, 46, which I would tell my teenaged self are different than what I would have told my teenaged self when I was 25 years old. What I would have told my teenaged self before I had teenagers is different than what I would say now, having raised three teenagers.
Context is crucial.
This comes into my head at moments when I look at the trend to have youth leaders who are young. I think we need a balance between those who are young and have a closer memory to their teen years and those who have actually raised teenagers. Balance is good. I like balance.