I have been coaching wrestling for 20 years and this comment explained a big reason for why I coach. There is a great feeling when you see a kid work so hard and too finally put it all together. I have even had kids never win a match but continue keep coming keep back. Just as those kids had never given up nor will I to coach them because I respect there effort and determination. It’s a great feeling when you do see them as adults and they thank you for never giving up on them and they tell you how have made them a better adult because of your example as a coach. For those coaches out there that have been a positive example in a persons life, I salute you.
American teens kill themselves at a rate of about one every two hours. About 19% of our teens tell researchers they have experienced depression, and half of those have had suicidal thoughts. Our kids take three times the number of prescription drugs for depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions than do European teens. We have watched them glamorize death in vampire-worship, the Goth culture, and suicide pacts. We have seen kids hold hands and jump in front of trains, believing they are going on to some twilight fantasy of Bella and Edward. Gee Mom, I’m only seventeen.