04-08-2012, 06:42 PM
It's not the norm, but it's not as uncommon as some make it out to be. I grew up in the Los Angeles, and a number of my classmates didn't get their driver's licenses until they were 18 or 19, and a few until they were 21. And believe me, we were far from sheltered. Some families didn't want to deal with the financial issues (car payments, insurance, etc.), some families didn't think they're kids were mature enough, and honestly, some kids really didn't care about driving that much. The public transport in LA is much better than it's made out to be, and it's much better now than it was when I was growing up.
Originally Posted by heyang
It sounds like there are probably a bunch of issues going on in Mirai's life right now. I hope she and her family can make an informed decision for her, and not make any overly hasty decisions. Especially with Carolina Kostner winning Worlds this year at the grand old age of 25, I think that it's way too soon for anyone to tell Mirai that she has to hang up her skates.
04-10-2012, 09:24 AM
she takes the audience on her journey of emotions
Originally Posted by Olympia
Yes, maybe that is why I don't find it so odd. I'm partly from a culture where parents aren't so quick to boot their kids out and the kids aren't so quick to move out. A lot of strangers are a bit quick to judge every little decision in Mirai's, even when she chooses to get her driver's license.
Now she's getting criticized for taking art classes. Art classes. Um, there have been skaters in the past who have gotten into pastimes a bit more dangerous than art classes, don't you think?
It's just a young woman who is trying to find her way in life and skating.
Of course I'm a bit sad it didn't work out with Frank and I think she might have a tricky time bouncing back from this season but she is more than capable. And if a couple of art classes make her happy, great! If you think about it, many younger skaters continue high school, at least at home, because they have to. And they still do great at skating. So I don't think a couple of college courses is something to get freaked out about. Good for her for expanding her horizons. How is she going to grow and mature otherwise?
Also, it's been interesting to read that Mirai's practices looked very good at nationals. That makes me think she in fact was working very hard all season. I hope she finds her way. Go Mirai!!!
Last edited by Layfan; 04-10-2012 at 09:28 AM.
04-10-2012, 09:56 AM
Tripping on the Podium
This study came out yesterday in several news sources. Note that by 2008, only 50% of 17 year olds in the U.S. had a driver's license.
Originally Posted by sidwich
I don't think it is fair to assume Mirai is somehow immature and unable to take care of herself because she delayed getting a license. Another article about this suggests, as sidwich did, that the economy is playing a role in this trend as families are avoiding the expense of another vehicle and the high price of insuring teen drivers.
04-10-2012, 10:39 AM
04-10-2012, 11:21 AM