Playing out your passion
With many years of exploration behind you, you would now have steady pursuitsand passions. The summer break offers a window for you to delve deep and may be also produce something tangible on
those lines. For example, playing the guitar may offer you hours of solace, why not attempt also a unique composition or lessons for the differently abled? It takes effort and thought to turn a gift or passion
into something that also contributes to something or somebody, but the process is well worth it.
Learning life skills
You are on the cusp of adulthood, and having been raised in a relatively sheltered environment until now, it may be worthwhile to experience certain aspects of life that are unfamiliar, new and perhaps even shocking. Some teenagers have tried working at a mechanic shop, or a fast food outlet. If such opportunities are not available, perhaps you can spend time with your grandmother. Ask her how
she managed — as a teenager, the move to a different household after marriage and so on. Or, observe the diverse lives of people around you. Some organisations such as Sri Sri Ravishankar’s Art of Living
offer structured courses that focus on self awareness – check The Youth Empowerment Seminar (YES!) at http://www.artofliving. org/youth-empowerment-seminar-yes. You could also check with Chinmaya Yuva Kendra and other such organisations.
Summer classes, sleepovers, internships, volunteering, relaxing – summer for your children certainly seems to look busy and interesting. enjoy the break!
- Ramya Gopalakrishnan