2013-04-19 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

By Ilyassha Shivers

I have been given the opportunity of a lifetime being able to share my thoughts and concerns with you each week. As I go through my daily routines I try to challenge myself to find subject matter that will be interesting and thought provoking. And this week will be no different. As a father of three I see things quite differently than I did years ago. We are living in a time that is quite unique as compared to generations past. My dad always tells us what a special time it was in the ‘60s. There was a spirit of change. It was not only visible by the actions that shaped our nation but by the music that became the backdrop. Today things are quite the opposite. We are faced with a generation that is forced to grow up a lot faster than those in the past. With the rise of the internet and social media young people are bombarded with information. Don't get me wrong I know information is power but not all information is meant to inform. Some miscellaneous information is put there to keep the people “mis-educated” and uninformed.

Whatever happened to the recipe for success, hard work and dedication? As the world changes and we are forced to compete for jobs that are ever changing with new technology we must ask ourselves what are we doing as a community to prepare our children for the future? There was a saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Why is it that this village no longer exists?

I read something recently called the Bridge Builder. A man traveled across a great valley; it took all the strength and energy he had. It took skill and knowhow, but after a short time he made it to the other side. Before long, he started to build a bridge that crossed this great valley that he had passed through. Someone asked him, “Sir you have completed your journey, you made it across this great valley. Why are you building a bridge?” He said, “it’s not for me, it’s for the young men that may come behind me, they may not be as skilled or lucky as I.”

The next time you see a young person out of line or acting out of character take some time and talk to them. Take some time to share your experience with them. It doesn't cost much to care a little and it may save a life.

Tell me what you think, email me at shiverswave@gmail.com and don't forget to read The Wave...

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