I put too much emphasis/value on virginity. Not necessarily bodily virginity, but purity and innocence. I think it's important to be a "pure" and "innocent" person, even though we may be far past the age when everyone else normally loses their innocence. I think I would rather be innocent... and that's different from "naive." I think they do mean the same thing, but "naive" has negative connotations, whereas "innocent" means being aware of the world, but choosing to remain pure, outside of the things in the world that can corrupt. Eh, it's all about semantics, I suppose.
It is amazing how the decisions you make when you are a teenager can impact your life so heavily. You may not think they do, but they definitely can. I would say that everything from sixth grade and up matters for who you will become in your adult life. Elementary school has some impact, but I want to argue that most of the things you do in elementary school are not your fault. You are not fully cognizant of what you do in elementary school; your brain is not quite as developed as it will be in later years.
Today is the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. I still remember it, being an 8th grader at the time and sitting at my desk in Algebra, thinking it was all some kind of preview for a movie... something that wasn't real. The enormity of what had happened did not sink into my mind for a long time after.September 11 is also his birthday. He doesn't know that I remember his birthday, but I remember dates all the time, so that is another thing I think of when I think of today.