Forget about the seniors – juniors, listen up

Dear Juniors,

The seniors are gone, so it’s too late for them. They are en route somewhere. Many have gorged themselves on scholarships and are off and running. Some will stumble out of the gate but find their way eventually. Others will take a couple years to figure out that adult life started without them and the rest will wander around looking for the starting line, later appearing as unintentional disciples of “Peaked in High School Rob Lowe.”
So you, 16- and 17-year-olds, in your last summer as protected youths, a mere 12 months from breaking free of the sometimes tyrannical hold of parents, teachers and high school, listen up.
Fisherman and author John Gierach said, “The solution to any problem – work, love, money, whatever – is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be.”
Since that is obviously true, and fishing is a great metaphor for life, here are a few things to consider before embarking on your final drift in high school.
First off, thank and respect your elders. If it weren’t for them, you wouldn’t get to fish. A few generations ago everything you take advantage of was paid for with their blood. Some of that stuff you play on Playstation 3 was their reality.

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