Thirteen-year-old Logan LaPlante has something to say about being happy. He’s a “hackschooler” (what some might call an unschooler or life learner) and he understands his education and his happiness is a state of mind. We watched this video with Aidan, who sometimes questions his decision to take a different path–to wear his hair long, to take his education from life, to be himself. He liked what Logan had to say here. I think it reminded him that there are many ways to find happy, and many ways not to. Sometimes we have to swim against the current, but it’s comforting just the same to know that there are others swimming with us. “He does what we do,” Aidan said. “That’s cool.”

Hit the play button below to hear Logan’s talk. It’ll be time well spend.