Today my senior students spent the morning in the computer lab with the counselors completing surveys, starting the process of applying to college. Our son is going through the same process.
They are struggling with how to answer the question: Who or what will I be, what will I do?
I see others in my life, somewhere in the middle of the passage, asking: Is this who I am, what I will do for the rest of my time?
And those seniors in my life, those elders, I mean: They struggle with all three of these questions all day: measuring out their lives to understand who they were, what they did, who they are now, and who or what they will be going forward.
These are questions they cannot always answer for themselves: Sometimes the body or the brain answers for them, telling them what it possible, or preventing them from even asking these questions.
So we, who are in our middle days, help our children look into their future to answer questions that we spend the other part of the day helping our elders answer by looking into the past.