Yes, I have heard that there are people who find the number 13 scary- but I love the idea of the century moving into its teens- having worked with students through the middle years and been privy to the wonderful changes that occur as childhood becomes youth and movement towards independence grows – I have seen the maturing that the teen years do bring. Also the experimenting and the challenging, that we as adults come to recognize as part of this growing.
In my cultural background, 13 is a lucky number. It is a recognized time for children to begin the formal understanding of adult community and when many ceremonies publicly enhance this recognition. Perhaps on a global level, throughout this year, 2013, we adults can extend our understanding of how little we truly know, and encourage the youths around us to continue to strive for greater knowledge, to remain curious, to not be afraid to challenge “accepted” wisdoms and to respect themselves and their dreams – especially necessary as it is a “tough world out there” and being able to – here I will defer to a well-respected former public figure for a quote: “ Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway” (Eleanor Roosevelt) can often be one of the more difficult things to accomplish.
Simple wishes then for the 2013 Academic Year: for everyone to keep growing.
Alison (Ali the English Tutor)