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Teenage Sailor Teaches Me About Being an Adult May 16, 2010

Filed under: Adolescence — billmacphee @ 9:53 am
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Jessica Watson Sails Around the World – 16 but really an adult

Government initiates artificial markers for entrance into adulthood but Jessica’s journey illustrates that being adult is defined more by a sense of knowing who you are, taking ownership and responsibility for one’s choices, and finding your place among other adults.

“People don’t think you’re capable of these things — they don’t realize what young people, what 16-year olds and girls are capable of. It’s amazing, when you take away those expectations, what you can do.”

Jessica has a new goal now that she is back on land — learn to drive a car and get her driver’s license. Getting one’s drivers license, graduating from high school, joining the military, voting, or turning 21 and hitting the bars, are not clear markers of entrance into the adult world.

Read more from Jessica – http://jessicawatson.com.au

 

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