My daughter and I saw Kristin Chenoweth perform at the Paramount Theater in Aurora this weekend. In addition to lighting up the stage with her megawatt personality and wowing with her amazing vocal talent, she spent a little time talking with the members of the high school choir she had invited to join her on stage.
Chenoweth asked one of the teens what she wanted to do with her life.
"Perform," the student answered.
"We are of like minds," Chenoweth responded, getting laughs from both the girl to whom she was speaking and audience.
Then Chenoweth proceeded to say that she has three pieces of advice not just for that teen but for all young people. They are simple and straightforward and powerful.
1. Do what you love as often as you can.
Whether it's singing or science or writing or wrestling, kids should pursue their passion.
And it's okay for kids to love lots of things and for them to still be searching for something that lights them up. Discovering what they love is part of journey of adolescence.
2. Find people who are of like mind.
Being around people who understand and inspire and share your passion is inspiring and will make you better.
Also, you can't overestimate the value of feeling understood. While that's true at any age, it's especially so for teens.
But she quickly followed that statement with her last nugget of wisdom:
3. Spend time with people who are of different mind.
The world is big, and there are a myriad of viewpoints. Interact with people who aren't like you, whether that means they have a different opinion, approach, background, experience, interests.
Doing so will expand kids' horizons, help you grow and make them think.
They may learn that while they have differences, they also have a lot in common. And that may lead to building connections and bridges that are so badly needed right now.
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