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MistressAlti
post Jul 8 2003, 02:11 AM
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Apparently, I have no independent thought. I have no true concept of "reality". I am mindless and easily impressed. I am irresponsible, immature, naive, and short-sighted.

Why?

Because I am 17 years old.

I'm constantly criticized on an aspect of my life that I have no control over - namely, my age.

I've just returned from yet another lecture. My great-uncle, age 53, always feels the need to impress upon me those faults of my peers. He's not the only one, either. I feel the discrimination all the time, if not with family, then when I'm off at Academy. I am looked down upon by the college students because of my age, too. Apparently teenagers are made from a mold. We're all the same. We're all young and stupid. All of us.

My uncle's also a fan of the "I know what you should do with your life - listen to me, because I know everything about life!" sermon, as is every single adult in my life.

I swear to God, if I hear "Now Rachel, be realistic" one more time... Once again, because I am young, my ideas about the world and about my future are, quite frankly, wrong. My hopes, my dreams, any aspirations, goals, plans, are wrong. Apparently I'm supposed to want something else for my life.

I don't discount their concerns. I know they've experienced more in life than me. I recognize this and accept it - respect it, even.

But to be blatantly talked down to, for no reason? That, I will not tolerate.

Anyone on this forum who's spoken with me knows that I'm typically respectful, yet I don't take to being belittled too easily. Imagine my frustration in this, then, where I have no way out - I can sit there and be chided for things I have no control over, or I can speak up and further reinforce the individual's beliefs about teenagers!

Yes, I understand that there are a lot of mindless, irresponsible, immature teenagers out there, and almost all of us have our moments. We are not, however, all like that, and especially not all the time! And dare I even suggest that mindless, irresponsible, and immature behavior can be found in every generation of individuals - teenagers and adults!

I tried to explain to my mother how I felt. All I got was a deaf ear, a "You should do this with your life!" lecture, and finally a few attacks on my character.

I don't know if I'm really asking for any advice over this, although I guess it's always welcome. I just... want to be heard without feeling like I've been cut down.
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post Jul 8 2003, 06:41 PM
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i dunno about all the different generations and the names of them..but my generation was supposed to be the "smoke free class of 2000" lmao that worked out really well. tongue.gif

anyhow i think lo is pretty much right....it does happen to every age group. i quite often find myself saying "damn kids" about the little hellions who run around this town...but oy they DO stuff to cause it. i'd never assume someone was a bad kid just by looking at them, cause people used to do that to my friends all the time, and they weren't bad kids. and i hate judging by appearances w/ anyone. it's just never fair.

hrm...ya know, people often did the opposite with me. they always just assumed that i was a GOOD kid. is there something that looks pure and innocent about me or something? blink.gif the only time i ever got followed around in a store was when i was with my "bad" friends. what total crap.


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- MistressAlti   Age Discrimination Against Teenagers   Jul 8 2003, 02:11 AM
- - cheese is funny   missy, i know what your talking about... geometry...   Jul 8 2003, 02:20 AM
- - candice   i know how you guys feel.....i had to deal w/ that...   Jul 8 2003, 06:05 AM
- - MoonlightSavingsTime   I was trying to figure out how to respond to this ...   Jul 8 2003, 06:25 AM
- - candice   QUOTE (MoonlightSavingsTime @ Jul 7 2003, 11:...   Jul 8 2003, 07:04 AM
- - MoonlightSavingsTime   Ohh, that somehow reminded me of something when I ...   Jul 8 2003, 07:15 AM
- - chester   hm.... i dunno if i should be talking in this thre...   Jul 8 2003, 08:10 AM
- - wolfbane   I'm 21, have just finished university and stil...   Jul 8 2003, 11:04 AM
- - spuglet   i completely agree. i keep getting told by my mums...   Jul 8 2003, 12:31 PM
- - kidvicious2punk   people just get this idea that since i have colore...   Jul 8 2003, 05:35 PM
- - LoLo   I'm going to nit pick on cheese for a moment.....   Jul 8 2003, 06:06 PM
- - MistressAlti   QUOTE (LoLo @ Jul 8 2003, 01:06 PM)I'm go...   Jul 8 2003, 06:31 PM
- - candice   i dunno about all the different generations and th...   Jul 8 2003, 06:41 PM
- - Jonman   You think you've got problems? With my thinn...   Jul 8 2003, 07:03 PM
- - gerbilfromhell   y'know, it's not just the constant 'li...   Jul 8 2003, 07:09 PM
- - candice   QUOTE (gerbilfromhell @ Jul 8 2003, 12:09 PM)...   Jul 8 2003, 08:11 PM
- - leopold   Well, as the old man of the forum, I guess it...   Jul 8 2003, 09:04 PM
- - Sir_Psycho_Sexy   I get it too, mainly from my mum, most of my other...   Jul 8 2003, 10:57 PM
- - Edward_lover1200   i know how everyone feels...I'm 13 so I know n...   Jul 9 2003, 09:51 AM
- - The.Wheezing.Ghost   I agree entirely with mistressalti. I sent a lette...   Jul 14 2003, 12:45 AM
- - The.Wheezing.Ghost   My cousin also sent an entire idea for the school ...   Jul 14 2003, 10:08 PM
- - Skiz   I run a brownie pack and one of the big reasons wh...   Jul 14 2003, 10:12 PM
- - The.Wheezing.Ghost   wow.. thats basically what i have been saying to p...   Jul 14 2003, 11:07 PM
- - Mr Fuzzy   You know, I've always discriminated about age ...   Jul 15 2003, 12:24 AM
- - gerbilfromhell   i've tried to make ppl not think of me as the ...   Jul 15 2003, 02:55 AM
- - Sun Tsu   I hate the lectures and tags that are put on teens...   Jul 15 2003, 05:57 PM
- - gerbilfromhell   i think it's hilarious when whever there's...   Jul 15 2003, 06:06 PM
- - Sun Tsu   QUOTE (gerbilfromhell @ Jul 15 2003, 07:06 PM...   Jul 15 2003, 06:27 PM
- - gerbilfromhell   no, i just mean that ppl just say either 'it...   Jul 15 2003, 07:27 PM


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