Imagine you could step into a time machine and travel back to a year ago. What would you tell yourself now that you’ve experienced life in a pandemic?
Seventeen-year-old Barrett Stowe, who attends Tacoma School of the Arts, asked two friends and his sister that question. It turns out the upheaval of the past six months has led to some realizations about what’s important to them in life.
Barrett produced his own radio story, with guidance from KNKX staff, as part of our Take the Mic youth voices project.
Tuppence Cooney, who recently graduated from Bethel High School in Spanaway, said she would tell herself to stop procrastinating.
“I would slap my 17-year-old face in the face and go, 'Do stuff,’” she said. “I’d tell myself to actually get on to do the stuff that I want to do and the stuff that I have to do in order to do the things that I want to do, because schoolwork, you know.”
Isaac Brandt, a 16-year-old student at Tacoma’s Science and Math Institute, would tell himself to spend more time with friends and not take that for granted.
And Audrey Stowe, a 14-year-old who attends Stadium High School, said she would tell herself not to worry so much about what people think.
Click on the audio above to hear the full story. KNKX welcomes more stories from teens and kids through our Take the Mic project.