The Chronicle of Higher Education
May 15th, 2015
We think we do young people a favor,
telling them these are the best years of their lives. Our intentions
couldn’t be better: However we understand waste, these years should not
be wasted. They should be used to prepare for an uncertain future, or
perhaps just the opposite, savored for the freedom that later futures
will constrain. But the generosity of our intentions is no excuse for
the poverty of our memories. The time between 18 and 26, give or take a
year, is often the very hardest time of our lives, and it’s made all the
harder by the repeated assurance that it’s the best. Remember thinking
that you alone were wasting that precious time with uncertainty,
anxiety, and heartbreak while everyone else was properly enjoying it?
Remember worrying, if this is how frightened and doubtful life feels
now, what could you possibly expect from a future that everyone said
will only be worse?