The Thoughts of a Perfectly Imperfect Teenager

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Ok, so this is a topic that usually brings up a lot of arguments, especially between adults and kids, and by kids, I mean anyone who’s not an adult.

So I will say, I have respect for adults, as we should, because they are older, not by any means saying they are smarter, nicer, better, etc.

Most adults do believe they know more than we do, and considering they have had more experience dealing with life problems, they probably know more than we think. They probably went through what we are going through now, and they probably still are going through some of the same things.

I do believe, however, it is wrong for adults to assume that we are ignorant or that we are always wrong and that our opinions don’t matter.

Let’s be honest, with the people around us and our social interactions, we have many of the same issues and go through lots of things that adults do. Our brains function similarly, and we, as humans, function similarly.

Except, we have to deal with the constant fact that adults rarely listen to us or believe us.

I don’t believe toddlers or young children should be able to decide what to do for themselves, nor do I think those who are not adults should be able to fully do whatever we want. But if adults took the time to believe us and actually listen to us, I feel this world would be a much more productive place.

I don’t consider us on the same level as adults, but if there’s one thing that gets on my nerves more than anything is close-minded people. How do you expect to learn anything if you’re not open to feedback?

And children are the perfect people to get feedback from because they will literally tell you something is trash if it is trash.

And trust me, adults have a lot to learn as well. After all, it takes only one day for you to go from teenager to adult. Naturally, that makes you more reckless, which is a part of life they went through too, that you kind of have to just enjoy.

Another thing is expectations, which is super annoying. Once you do one thing, they expect you do do it again and again. Or if you do one thing bad, they expect you to always be that way. And they seem to think if you have a different way of thinking than them, then you are defying them. And there are so many different ways to do something, we should be free to get creative and explore.

Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Galileo Galilei, every single genius that you can name took different routes than the normal. And even they aren’t geniuses. I don’t personally think there are any geniuses, especially seeing as I am someone everybody calls a genius.

But they didn’t follow authority or rules. Because they were smarter than authority. And we aren’t. I’m not saying we are. But why take the long route if you know a shorter route? And of course, how do you discover anything, if everybody follows the exact same path that is laid out for them?

And as to say what I think about adults, I know there are so many people out there who do such great things, and you look on the news, and all you see are bad things. But the world is filled of lots of good people that I look up to. In reality, the amount of good things people do is overshadowed by the few acts of injustice.

We often don’t like being told that we are wrong, especially from adults, but if we don’t listen to adults, in that sense, we are also being hypocrites because we don’t like it when adults don’t listen to us. And adults are only there to help you, and they only want to see you succeed.

Try sitting down with an adult one day and have a conversation them about their “younger” days, and you’ll be shocked at how much you actually relate to them.

Of course, you know, we’ll all be adults someday, and I truly hope this next generation becomes the generation of adults we wish we have now.

Because we can. And I have complete faith that we will.

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