Coming of Age
All of living is a process of coming of age, of reconciling
the essence of the inner self with one’s outer being,with the world, and with
changing expectations for that self in the world.
- Kay E. Vandergrift
The teen and young adult years, when young people are perched precariously on the brink between childhood and
adult responsibilities, are, of course, when the coming of age process is most obvious.
and the mature imagination of a man is healthy;
but there is a space of life between,
in which the soul is in a ferment,
the character undecided, the way of life uncertain,
the ambition thick-sighted.
- John Keats
An intolerable waiting,
A longing for another place and time,
You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
- Abraham Lincoln
The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect,
he becomes an adolescent;
the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult;
the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.
- Alden Nolan
We don’t stop playing because we grow old.
We grow old because we stop playing.
- George Bernard Shaw
You grow up the day you have your first real laugh — at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore
Young dancers are training at a very vulnerable time in their lives, through adolescence, and
while they are trying to work out who they are as people, never mind as a dancer.
So train the whole person, not just the dancer.
- Deborah Bull
Life turns for you.
This is a magic time,
a mythic passage,
In your becoming
We who welcome you,
None of us is too old
So as to have forgotten
–the mystery of not
–the delight of first
–the impatience to hurry
what will come next
–the terrible wonderfulness
of the changes…