Natural Range of Experiences

#7  It’s often a rollercoaster

There are lots of ups & owns AND you will be pulled in different directions – between childhood & adulthood.  It can be exciting and scary.

#8  Perseverance and Resilience Build as You Go  (Capabilities)

The teen journey is a long journey, so it requires the ability to persevere and build resilience.   

Developing Perseverance and Resilience

  • The heroic journey of teenagers is a very long journey and it requires the ability to persevere and become increasingly resilient.
  • Perseverance is refusing to quit, to give up in the face of setbacks, disappointments or losses.  It is refusing to be a victim.  There are times when anyone can be hurt, discouraged, depressed, scared or anxious, tired or worn out.  You just can’t quit.
  • Resilience is the ability to successfully adapt to life – dealing with the inevitable stresses, traumas, threats and setbacks.  Life comes with relationship problems, family problems, health problems, school and work problems.  That’s just the way it works and our resilience helps us “bounce back” – hopefully increasingly strong, wise and resilient.
  • Resilience is not a characteristic that people are simply born with – or without.  The good news is that research has shown that resilience is ordinary, not extraordinary. 
  • Developing support networks and managing energy traps and energy sources are key to being able to build resilience and persevere.

#9  “Heroes don’t go alone” – A Support Network is Key

“How do I stay healthy on a long journey with so many challenges and tests and so many ups and downs?”  Everyone has to figure this out for themselves, but there are three areas to pay attention to that can provide a great deal of power.

Building Connections and Support Networks – “Heroes Don’t Go Alone”