Carol Alt

The Dumb and the Reckless?

By Carol Alt / Post / March 13, 2017
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So I was watching my favorite morning show the other day, CBS This Morning (second to The Today Show and Good Morning America of course, gotta be politically correct). I’ve got to take this moment to say hello to Charlie! I was on his show about a year and half ago. And he’s awesome. I’m sad that I didn’t get a picture of just he and I together; just the group at the table which was, of course, the Sports Illustrated luminaries.

But I digress. I wanted to talk about a segment they had on “the young and the reckless.” Clever title, right? A study found that young people between the ages of 19 and 24 are reckless. They want to experience, they want to feel sensations… they do dumb things. As I always do, I try to show you by example all the things that we discuss here, and I will do the same in this case.

I’m gonna start by saying yes, it’s true. Kids are dumber than the average person. It’s not a question of why kids aren’t dumb before and after that range, it’s a question of what exactly it is that makes the 19-24 year-old demographic more prone to doing dumb stuff. From my own experience I can attest that we are stupid as kids. When they say that the youth is wasted on the young- that’s so, so correct. The older I get the more I believe just that. I wish we were all Benjamin Buttons, but alas, we are not. We have to make it through that 19 to 24 so that we can make it to 65.

So, where in my life did I do stupid things? I just KNOW you’re all curious. Well yes, I was a model running around the world but that’s pretty stupid in itself. In this day and age where they’re kidnapping women and using them for sex slaves, I feel very fortunate that I made it through 20. 21, however, led me into the most consequential, most dumb decision I may have EVER made.

I got married. Unfortunately, the man who I loved the most in the world actually came along when I was 29. Being married didn’t stop me from finally smartening up by the time I hit 36 and leaving my husband for him, but that’s a whole ‘nother story. Another mistake? Thinking I was fiscally immortal: I thought that my life as a model, on the top, making money, was going to last forever. Wow! Another really dumb move. I spent money on crazy things. I even spent money to get rid of the aforementioned husband mistake.

What do I get out of it? From my husband, not a thing- it’s the experiences I seek. I based everything I do today on my experiences between 19 and 24. I’m glad I survived it to be able to do that. If you have creatures who are 19 to 24, I hope God blesses you with patience and ingenuity. And I do mean ingenuity and then patience. Why ingenuity? Because you’re gonna have to find sneaky ways to watch your kids. I know it gets harder and harder, and I am tech-inept so I’m not one to talk. It does get harder and harder with all this technology to follow our kids and make sure they are OK.

I watch my sister do it every day- even now that they’re grown and one is married. They will always be your kids and you will always be worried. They will always be a 19 to 24 year-old doing those dumb things. Because we have the experience to look back and know those things are dumb! I probably didn’t have the nerve to have children. I see my friends struggling (yes, multiple friends, practically all my friends struggle with their kids) so I’m kind of glad I didn’t have any. But at the same time, I see my mother with her three daughters. MLy brother passed away so thank God she had three other children. I don’t think her life would be complete without us.

Take care of your kids. They are gifts for the rest of your life. And because we’re not Benjamin Buttons, and we’re getting old as we get older, we may need them!

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Edited by Jake Layton

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