The general view on teenagers varies widely depending on the region, time, trends, and, of course, social stereotypes.
Well, I’m a teenager. I don’t know what comes to people’s minds when they see me, but I can safely assume most of the image they have doesn’t apply to me. In fact, it doesn’t really apply to anyone. It might be common to think that teenagers are rude, hate adults, go wild in terms of parties and substance abuse, dress provocatively to look cool or popular, etc… While a lot of teenagers do fit into that description, it is simply unfair to shove us all into the same category.
I don’t like it when I walk into a restaurant or a diner with my friends and the waiter/waitress gives us a cold look because s/he immediately assumes we’re going to be stuck up and rude. I don’t like the way I’m not taken seriously when I ask about the job market and university majors on demand. And I certainly don’t it when someone assumes I don’t know what I want because my choices might seem a bit odd to them.
Why do I have to deal with this? Why can’t I be taken for who I am? Why can’t people see beyond their noses and stop looking at us like we’re a herd of sheep on crack?
Not all teenagers are immature. Not all teenagers are rude. Not all teenagers want to party and get high all the time. Just because that’s what you see in American movies – a bunch of drunk, irresponsible, hormonal kids – doesn’t mean it’s true. At least not for everyone.
I know what I want; I have my life planned and sorted out. All I can do now is work my way over there. I want an education, then a job, then a spouse and a family. Sure I can loosen up and have fun when I want to; I never said I was against all that, but you don’t have to automatically picture me at a night club, drunk and half-naked.
Teenagers are not yet adults but no longer children. They’re not completely independent yet but no longer immature. You can’t hold them responsible for all their actions because there’s still a part of them that hasn’t grown yet. They are in the process of becoming adults, so you can’t judge them and expect them to act all-wise and insightful. You will, however come across some teenagers who will sweep you away with their intelligence and shock you with their wisdom.
Think of it as a shoe. You can’t fit everyone’s feet into the same shoe. You can find two people with the same shoe size, but their feet might have different shapes.
So until next time, eliminate those prior judgments you have of people, disregard absurd stereotypes, treat people the way they deserve to be treated, and keep blogging,