Creating a record of your personal history is an act of love for the future. I notice on Facebook postings a frequently recurring request for one more day with my Dad or Mom or brother or sister. I could add some aunts and uncles, maybe even cousins to that list. Many people would like one more day with a spouse and I would venture to say that “one more day” is not only to say “I love you,” but also to ask some questions, to reveal a little more about our loved one’s life. By now, I hope you realize that someday, someone will post or at least, think and wish the same thing about you.
Let’s continue on with those infamous, incredible, informative, infuriating, innocent, inquiring, inquisitive and perhaps insane teen years:
What did you think you would be when you grew up?
Did you attend your high school prom, who with, what did you wear?
Where did you go after the prom?
If you didn’t attend the prom, did you celebrate in some other way?
Were you athletic and if so, what sports did you play?
Remember gym class? When teams were picked, were you picked first, in the middle or last? How did you feel about that?
Did you participate in any school groups, clubs, teams or other organizations?
Did you receive any special awards or recognition?
Were you involved in any outside-school activities and what was your involvement?
Do you remember your average grades and do you remember your worst subject, your best subject?
Describe a teacher that sticks out in your mind and why.
Did your family, friends, teachers expect you to do well?
How did you respond to the expectations of other people?
What expectations did you have of yourself regarding school?
Did you worry much about your future?
Did you worry much about going to post secondary school or getting a job?
Did you have any adult friends – describe the circumstances.
What was your opinion about drugs and alcohol?
Who taught you to drive and how. Do you remember the car you learned in? Any stories, good or bad, about that experience?
Were you allowed to drive the family car and under what conditions?
Did you know anyone in your school who died, had a serious accident or disease?
Were you close to them, describe what happened?
If you were talking to yourself as a teen, what would you say, what advice would you give yourself? What would you tell yourself about the future?
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