Having been raised in Atlanta, all my life, I have learned these truths. Friends and family are always “right up the street”, food will always be good but not always good for you and your sports teams will always drive you crazy, no matter how good they were suppose to be.
I have been grateful for the 8 years of marriage to my beautiful wife Endia and for our two “rugrats” Mikey (4) and Aria (3). This part of my journey is much easier to understand as opposed to the first 17 years of my life. But through seeking guidance and engaging in the lives of others, I have developed a deeper confidence, more clear path and more fulfilling journey.
We have all heard the saying “Birds of a feather flock together”, right? I believe this could not be more true of the young men and women in today’s society. They want to fit in, but don’t. They want to do what they want, but they need their parents’ resources. There is a struggle for independence. Now, understand, not all teenagers are cut from the same cloth.
My deepest desire is to awaken the young to the future and help parents remember their past. For each family the result of this connection will be different. At 34 years of age, I have worked with many teens over the past 10 years through church, sports and community project. This has allowed me to see the beauty in their differences, their hearts when dealing with adversity and their pain when these things are accepted or affirmed.
In my dialogue, the purpose will always be to find what’s right and not who’s right. I don’t profess to know all the answers to what every teenager and parent will encounter, but my hope is that my words will at least spark conversation that can help bring more understanding between the two.