My son has some very interesting opinions. He is a bit stubborn as well. He gets that from me. Thus, I can’t readily complain about that characteristic. He is also quite warm and funny with some good comedic timing. He’s all that and more.
As he is now a teenager, I occasionally look through my old photographs of him, as well as old drawings and notes. One thing I came across recently was a note I wrote to myself based on a conversation with him. This was a year or so ago when he was still a tween and not a teen.
The note read, that according to my son, giving up is illegal. For the life of me I can’t remember that conversation. It may have been based on a show such as the 4400 that we were watching together. I’m fairly sure I told him you can’t force people to keep going no matter what. There are times when you should stop pushing a fruitless endeavor. However, I do get why an eleven year old may make such a statement. At that point in life, they have daily homework. One shouldn’t give up on that. At that point, they are dreamers thinking of what may be. Who they might become. At that point (nowadays) they are often involved in daily competitive XBox games. Much at that age is about not giving up.
Then we grow up. Become hardened, cynical, and tired. You realize you can’t do everything. But it sure is still nice to think we can change things and start over and not give up on our dreams. Sometimes we really do need that teenage mentality and mindset.