A teenager, it hasn't been that long, but I remember not being a television series teenager. It always puzzled me when the plot points had characters, facing challenges that were not relatable, living with both parents who are rarely on camera. The majority of the cast was white, and mostly rich.
I'm trying to remember what it was like to be 13, one thing I remember was that it felt like if you were a grade higher, you were way older. That my teachers, who were probably in their mid 20s, looked ancient. I also remember that conversations about emotional intelligence, or the qualities of leadership were non existent. Conversations of any quality, outside of sports or video games, were non existent, they were almost a reflection of the dreary, formulaic, laughter track, nauseating television I was subjected to.
This weekend I'll be facilitating a conversation for 13-17 year olds, hopefully I don't remember too much what it was like, that way we might have a more productive conversation.