I want you to know you are special to have been born and raised for this period in history. Your birth and where you find yourself today is no accident. I believe you are genetically and spiritually engineered for very exciting, difficult and uncertain times. You have been endowed with inherent talents and abilities that will influence and lead planet earth through unprecedented and historical events.
But where much is given much is required. You may feel that you have time on your side – time to have some fun before life gets really serious; time to engross yourself in frivolous activities, as generations before you were perhaps able to do. However – the good or bad news, depending on how you look at it – is that with this special birthright comes serious responsibilities and consequences.
You need to put your head down and discover who you are earlier in life. You need to make a healthy contribution sooner than those before you were expected to. You need to find ways of having fun while making the world a productive and better place to live in.
Many of the older generation have a slight dilemma in that they sense you have a special destiny, but they also lack enough confidence in your generation of “screenagers”. They believe you grew up in front of screens and are used to getting things at the press of a button; that you want it all now; that you have not adopted the timeless values that kept society bound together for so long and that are now fading, to our detriment.
I challenge you to prove them wrong; to embrace their wisdom while being true to your destiny; to keep the human race focused on a moral path; and to blend together technology and human endeavor to forge a relationship so strong that it will achieve what previous generations could only dream of.
I hope you will surprise us. I hope you will surprise yourselves. I know that none of us know what the future holds and most of you aren’t phased by this, as many older people are. We sense it is going to be chaos as never before seen in the history of the world and you are prepared inherently and socially to influence and lead the way, sooner than you think. You are the ones that will somehow make sense of the chaos.
May you rise to the occasion.
Happy Youth Day.
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