Middle school is a tough time. You don’t want to be treated like a little kid anymore, but at the same time, you are still far from mature and responsible.
Pre-teens can also be stubborn, unreceptive and difficult to motivate. It’s a time when a lot of kids start to rebel and step away from their parents’ guidance.
When former professional wrestler Marc Mero stood up in front of an auditorium filled with 6th, 7th and 8th graders, he knew that they weren’t giving him, a random speaker, their undivided attention like 1st graders or taking notes like at a college lecture.
He knew to get their attention he had to hit their hearts and when he told the touching, difficult story about his relationship with his mother, he did just that. Marc’s story about how he didn’t appreciate his caring mother until she was gone hit the students hard, as well as myself.
Marc taught the young ones a valuable lesson that you need in life, but never learn. People who love us sometimes leave us. His words inspire us to appreciate those who care about us while we still have time with them.
Even though Marc speaks to a young audience, his words have meaning at ANY age. “Love is just a word until you give it meaning – YOU are the meaning.”
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