In Dear Teens, Fun is Overrated, Jennifer Fulwiler reflects on the emphasis society places on young people having fun. There is a place for that, of course. No one is suggesting they should live a life of pure drudgery. But they deserve more.
In looking back on life, Fulwiler states:
Looking back, especially with the benefit of the wisdom of the Catholic Church, it’s clear how much we young people hungered for a mission. We wanted to feel like we were a part of something bigger than ourselves, to feel needed by the world around us. Far more than we desired to be amused, we craved an outlet for our limitless energy, and a chance to prove ourselves and use our budding talents.
We need to work at giving young people the opportunity to do just that.