Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Shelby Knox

Shelby Knox is a 23-year old activist from Lubbock, Texas which had some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections in the nation. She travels the country in support of comprehensive sex education and youth activism.

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting (and interviewing) women's rights activist Shelby Knox. She's so articulate and focused and so young. A lot of people in their early 20s still feel more like teenagers than young adults. Some of them don't reach that elusive "maturity" until age 30, or perhaps even 40. Then, they suddenly feel like they're "over the hill." That's what I want to tell you today. No matter how old or young you are, in whatever stage or situation of your life, your time will be YOUR time, and it will come in time, if God wills it.

Don't fall for the mistaken belief that if you haven't "made it" or reached your goal by a certain calendar age that you're "finished." Fame and fortune are not governed by time. There are entertainers who became popular later and late in life, just as there are those "child stars" and "one-hit wonders" whose careers finsihed before they started. Take it one day at a time, son.

Last weekend I watched the re-mastered "Smokey and The Bandit" on DVD. The classic film made a big mark in its day, and it was really interesting to see an aged Burt Reynolds talk about the picture in the "Special Features" section.

Back to Ms. Knox: Shelby has been an activist since she was 15. She keeps her own weblog and has written articles for others.

Shelby appeared in Albany last Monday as keynote speaker at the Capitol during Family Planning Advocates of New York State's "Womens Health Matters! Day of Action!" She champions THE HEALTHY TEENS ACT, which would support schools and communities in implementing age-appropraiate. medically accurate sex education so that young people could receive the information they need to make safe and responsible choices.
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