They really don't need to decide the exact path they'll be on for the remainder of their lives, just what they are going to be doing in the fall. But I'm also encouraging them to think of their futures. Yet, they are at the age they don't even know what they're going to eat for breakfast in the morning until they walk into the kitchen after they get out of bed. They can't fathom life further than the next Comicon convention.
By the time they are my age, they'll know exactly what's for breakfast before they go to bed the night before. Because it will have to be a blend of balanced dietary foods that will not only last until lunch but help their digestive system, if you know what I mean. Because no matter what they think now, they will need help with that kind of thing by the time they are my age.
I remember vowing I would never show obvious signs of aging - like I could prevent it. But here I am, mentioning how now that I'm over fifty, my bodily functions didn't get the memo: I have to be careful of what I eat, I can't read a darn thing without reading glasses, the mark on my face from my sleep apnea machine mask lasts most of the morning and I'm in bed by 9:30, though I am usually thinking about going to bed at 5:00.
I've decided based on my experience as a high school senior when I was so overwhelmed with life and just getting out of school that I didn't prepare for life after high school at all and based on watching my three girls in this phase of their lives, kids shouldn't be allowed to start college right out of high school.
I think kids should have to have their high school diploma in hand and a year of real life under their belt. They get so busy in their senior year launching over all the hurdles they must clear just to graduate, they don't have time to fill out scholarship forms and search for colleges, too.
It would be nice for them to just concentrate on getting out of high school, accomplishing all that is required of them well, and then taking the following year to fill out scholarship forms, visit or even work in places of business they may be interested in as a career someday, taking college tours and applying.
The big crescendo of activity for them ,for us, these last few months of their high school careers is wreaking havoc on my vow not to show signs of aging. I'm pretty sure my hair is a lot grayer now than it was at the beginning of the school year.