I just got back from teaching for a week at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, and working with these young students gave me hope.
I had two responsibilities in the classes that I taught: to help students go from no act to a full standup act in preparation for a comedy showcase, and to assist graduating seniors in the drama department find their message. I had 4 days.
I’ve found that as people get older, sometimes getting in touch with the past “messes” in our life is harder than pulling teeth. Perhaps it’s because the more distant we get from those painful memories in our lives, the less comfortable it is to relive them. Yet, this group of young students revealed all with utter authenticity, and the willingness to share and inspire others with their messages.
I can’t wait for the images of disturbed, violent youth to be replaced with young people like these who are truly willing to make a difference in other people’s lives.