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I'd like to introduce you to Mr. Rogers Universe, the aptly named web site of my son, Nick.

On the subject of independence, he had this to say:

An African professor once told me that Americans take things too seriously and we're too busy. He said he wouldn't envy anyone growing up in the U.S. just because of all the stress. To an extent, he's right. I can personally attest to the often stressful and difficult nature of just growing up here. We've got school, jobs, friends, family, homework, bills, exercise, debt, and these are just some of the things demanding our attention. Living independently is not always easy, and in fact, it usually isn't, but I wouldn't want it any other way. I like the country I live in. We are largely a productive and freedom loving society with a high standard of living. I like the person I've become because of the struggling I have had to do. In the last few years, I have learned so much that I feel like a different and better person. I like feeling productive and busy and living purposefully. As another professor once told me, everybody faces tradeoffs. So if I have to endure a little extra stress and push myself a little harder in exchange for an independent life here, I'll do it.
He's about to finish his sophomore year in college and works as a manager at the FedEx hub. He moved out on his own when he was 18, got a demanding job as a loader, and persistently applied for management and worked to impress his managers until he made it into his current role. I couldn't be more proud - of both his ethic and his thinking.

I guarantee that he'll have good things to say in the future.

 


by Brett Rogers, 4/30/2011 9:10:44 AM
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