stay awake until you're older

'So wake me up when it's all over
When I'm wiser and I'm older
All this time I was finding myself
And I didn't know I was lost'

A heartfelt aspiration in a beautiful lyric. Unfortunately being awake, very awake, and facing every joy, trial, tribulation and humiliation is doorway to the 'wiser' self. And that's why we cannot fail those younger than us.
They must be supported, pushed, challenged,  heard and appraised. They will form their views, beliefs and aspiration...but to reach their full potential, too be the leaders of our tomorrow, to be our future and not perpetuate our past...they must face the challenges, take blessings not favours, have those embarrassing moments when they say the wrong thing in important meetings, and understand that the greatest lessons learned are often the most painful.  Yes, and 'love is the prize'.

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