This is something I am not sure I would like to do when I am under 18!
I was tagged by my friend Abu Fares (who's just a tad older than me), there are strict rules to the Tag it seems; here it goes:
1. Post these rules before presenting your list.
2. List 6 actions or achievements you think every person should accomplish before turning 18.
3. There are no conditions on what can be included on the list.
4. At the end of your blog, choose 6, or less, people to get tagged and list their names.
5. People who are tagged write their own blog entry with their 6 suggestions.
6. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged.
Like it was not hard enough to answer, I've read many answers to this Tag that'll make it even tougher to be unique. After trying so hard, I could only come up with five items (sorry Abu Fares, ma twakhezna:)):
1- Physical training: this is one of the things that is being neglected in this day and age; the elder generations didn’t have the ‘comforts’ of today. They had to move around a lot more on their feet. They had a better physical shape, although health care at their times may not have been as good as it is today. A friend of mine had kindly posted a link to an article about 'how to alleviate the effects of sedentary life-style', it had all those great suggestions, and I imagine that these should come by default when they are ingrained at an early age. We have to somehow find a way to introduce physical exercise (aerobics, body building, gymnastics, martial arts…etc…) at an early age. This is also one way of countering obesity.
2- Learn to be considerate and respectful to the other and less fortunate human beings: there are clear signs that the world is going down the cycle of increasing violence once again, we need to ingrain the concept of peace and peaceful co-existence in the youth of this generation so that by the time they become in charge of this world, there will be less violence and less bloodshed. No matter how you flip the coin, human races will have to bear each other and live side by side at the end of the day. Enough compartmentalizing and insularity, let’s look at the wider spectrum and not be afraid of globalization.
3- Free and Independent Thinking: is definitely something I’d rather see those under 18 striving to achieve. Although such high priced commodity is partly imparted, partly sought after. They should be encouraged to think on their own. To learn how to make tough decision. This will help them immensely in the life ahead.
4- Learn enough about your culture and identity: be it through poetry, literature or even religion, the youth need to be proud of who they are, not ashamed of the affiliation with their culture and identity. It is ok to listen to RAP and be funky every now and then, I myself still do when I want to listen to, or do something different for a change. But just don't shed your skin. It is essential to know who you are and where you come from. So that at times when there is confusion and uncertainty, all you need to do is to brush that little layer of dust and you will be fine.
5- Learn how to communicate with the world in the best possible way: acquire foreign languages and read about other cultures. You may think it is a luxury that you can't afford when you are crunched in time to study and do your home work and entertain yourself. But believe me, you will find that these things come in handy later in the future.
I enjoyed doing this Tag immensely. It'd put me in a position that I was not put in before. I will leave it to any one of my dear readers who would like to participate to so at their own convenience….