I believe that life has gotten so much harder for young people these days. We spend so much time trying to curate a look for others that we lose ourselves in the process.
My entire life, I was told not to care what people think, and yet somehow, that has become the fuel of this generation; basing our self-worth off of “likes” and wether or not the public will approve of our lifestyles which we try so hard to create. We rely so much on the approval of others that it skews our perception of our very own realities.
All of these recent campaigns that tell us to “embrace who you are” aren’t sticking. Its become more of a trend than a practice. I recently attended a Katy Perry concert and Katy asked the mostly teen girl crowd to love each other and be kind. She then asked, “Who thinks we should all respect one another and just be kind?”, and almost the entire arena cheered. In that moment, I thought to myself, “How many individuals in this audience who just cheered actually fully understand what it means to ‘respect one another’ and ‘be kind’?”; because unfortunately with my experience in reading comments on social media posts, I don’t believe for one second that every person in that arena practiced kindness to its fullest potential, or had any intention of going home and making a vow of kindness to themselves and others.
The point is, there’s a problem here, and we don’t appear to be in too much of a rush to fix it. We seem to just sit back and allow the media and pop culture figures to attempt to fix the problem for us (which I can tell you now, they’re doing a lousy job and certainly don’t have your child’s best interest in mind). I’m not a mom, myself, so I can’t exactly criticize today’s parenting. But what I do know is that some present-day parenting skills could use a little work. I guess what I’m saying is that, we all need to be examples and role models to each other. Wether we be in our teens, twenties or older (especially us adults, we should know better, being as we’ve “been there, done that” with the whole teen bullying thing).
But regardless of if you were a bully as an adolescent, or were the one being bullied, don’t you think its time that we teach our youth to love and respect not only one another, but themselves? Because we know, as you get older, all that matters is who you are in the present, and that you’ve learned from your mistakes, stand corrected from old habits and are content with who you are and not who other people think you are.