Dear Mr. Covey,
I am 13 years old and I am in 9th grade. I skipped a grade (1st). I am the youngest in my class (naturally), and especially because am in classes for sophomores and even juniors. Recently, the topic of my age is quite sensitive to me, because now I’m thinking, “Oh, everybody gets their license next year and I have to wait another year,” and “Everybody’s going out and dating and I always stay home doing nothing.” Mr. Covey, I need some way to get over the fact of my age. Everybody says, “You should be proud,” and I am… sometimes. But I’m so conscious of my age and my parents are strict that I don’t think that I would get a date until I’m 16 (when I’m a senior)… or maybe even later. You might also say that if I don’t want to date, then I don’t have to. But I do… yet again sometimes I don’t. This is how I normally feel. I’m so indecisive. I came to you for advice, because after reading so many teen-help books I knew, from the first page, that yours would help me. Thank you.