Just realised I haven't shared my news about the Enterprise Coaching interview I blogged about a few weeks back; I'm chuffed to bits to say I got the job!
I did what I said and wrote down exactly what I wanted to happen and it happened exactly as I'd written. Powerful stuff this talking to the Universe!!
The thought of being responsible for thirty 14 year olds for a week, coaching them through a business challenge set by local businesses might terrify some people, but not me. I'm so looking forward to it. I have no doubt that at times it may be challenging, frustrating and exhausting, but it will also be exhilirating, fun and rewarding. I don't know whether it's because I'm not a parent or that I was a particularly rebellious teenager, but I have huge respect and empathy for teenagers and young people generally. If I can positively influence a young life and open their eyes to their full potential, then my time in this life has been worthwhile.
And with all this prejudiced talk about children in hoodies being thugs my commitment has strengthened. I heard a woman on the TV tonight saying that children in hoodies "think they are the big I AM!" Where did she get that from, I wonder?! Is she psychic?
If shopping centres want to stipulate that hoods should be removed upon entering their premises, then fair enough (after all, motorcyclists have to remove their helmets when entering petrol stations) but to judge a person, or to suppose you know what they are thinking, based on what they wear, is outrageous and totally unfair.
I know some young people who wear their hoodies simply because its fashionable. I know others who wear them to fit in and avoid trouble in their neighbourhoods. The menace that a lot of people feel when seeing a group of young people in hoods is more about their own prejudiced beliefs than the threat that the teenagers pose.
The reason motorcyclists have to remove their helmets is because it used to be the headgear of preference for armed robbers; does that make all motorcyclists menacing?