Last week was a very challenging one in my day job. One of my lovely Schools had to deal with a very tragic event which rocked the school and its students.
The school was exemplary in its handling of the situation and had already accessed all relevant crisis support teams to help students out.
As school counsellor, naturally, my time had been earmarked to speak to those students most directly affected. This is where my story gets interesting…
Yes, of course these young people were sad…and angry…and confused
But, once again, I was reminded of the natural strength that many of the young adults of today possess and I was humbled by the love and support they showed to each other.
All too often, we are told that our young adults are a waste of time, they’ll never amount to anything, they have no resilience, they don’t know how to deal with life. When they campaign for a better World, we tell them they have no idea what they are talking about.
Bollocks I say! Who knows how to deal with anything until it happens?
I’m re-watching Downton Abbey at the moment (pure indulgence) and I see the same comments being made about the young 100 years ago! The young who went on to be game changers in terms of Votes for Women, Better Education for all, and who had to survive the Second World War.
So I say this… Give our young adults a chance to show us what they can do and what they can cope with … I know we’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Sarah Terry is a School Counsellor and Author who works in Central England. Her interests include Counselling and Psychology, Personality Types, Jogging and Yoga and Meditation. To find our more about Sarah, please see below.
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