Most of us would not relive our teen age years. With pretty good reason.
But there is one year, actually one summer, that I would like to relive. Do you have one?
Why would I want to relive any of my teen years? The answer is not complicated. In fact, the answer is simplicity itself.
Back in the 70s, the high point for a teen ager was turning 16. The reason for that was it marked the day you could legally drive. I got my driver’s license on the very day I turned 16.
But when you had enough maturity to drive, you needed enough money to pay for gas. I got my first job not long after I turned 16.
The year I would probably relive would be the year before life took a responsible turn…when I was 13. It could have been 14 or, maybe 15, but those years were spent looking toward becoming 16.
No. It was 13 for me.
That was a great year because it was, as I recall, the last carefree year, with the last summer where all I had to do was stay out all day (literally, from morning til night) and come home exhausted.
It was like the last year before the growing concerns of the world began to crowd out the innocence of childhood.
What about you? Which of your teen years would you relive if you could?
Oh, I guess I should say that the point of reliving that year would not be to necessarily take back the wisdom and insight of your adulthood; lots of people want to do that. In fact, I can think of several other years in my teens I might be willing to go through again, if I could but have what ever insight adulthood has brought.
Which of your teen years would you relive if you could? Why?