Don’t Let Anyone Look Down On You.

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This is a post that I’ve been wanting to write for a long time. I always brushed it to the back of the list because I worried about how it would be perceived. As a teenager, this topic has weighed on my heart for many years and I feel like it needs to be addressed.

This whole post was inspired by one of my favorite scriptures.

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12

I’m sure anyone, no matter what your age, can relate to feeling looked down on at some point in their life due to their youth. I know I can.

I know that as we grow we gain more wisdom. I don’t claim to have all the answers. But, just because I’m young doesn’t mean that my voice should be silenced. Just because I’m young that doesn’t me I don’t have ideas. Just because I’m young doesn’t mean I’m as naive as you think I am. Just because I’m young, don’t count be out.

Young people so many have ideas. We’re making differences every single day. We’re standing up for our friends that got bullied because of their sexual orientation; We’re protesting against gun violence and bigotry; We’re standing together no matter what differentiates us from our neighbor next door.

In this day and age we realize that we have a voice and it can be heard in so many different ways. No, we’re not always right. No, we don’t have lots of “life experience.” No, we don’t go about things the proper way all the time. But, we see that the torch is getting passed to us and we want to be a generation to remember.

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The main point of this post is to remind people of any age that you can make a difference! Will it make CNN or earn you a Nobel Piece Prize? Probably not. But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. Don’t ever give up! As a world we have come so far by using our voices and standing up for who and what we believe in. Please, don’t be silenced by people who are too afraid to listen. I can guarantee you that there’s at least one person out there that wants to hear what you have to say. I know I do.

“We are the world, we are the children. We are the ones who make a brighter day,
so let’s start giving. There’s a choice we’re making, we’re saving our own lives. It’s true we’ll make a better day, just you and me.” “We Are The World” by Michael Jackson

 

That’s all for today. I hope this isn’t taken the wrong way. I have immense respect for people that have lived longer than myself and am in no way trying to be disrespectful. I just feel that young people can get overlooked at times because of their youth. I want to take a stand against the stigma. I really appreciate if you read this whole post. Whether you agree with me or not, I genuinely appreciate you hearing me out.

Question Time:

Have you ever felt looked down on because of your youth?

Share your thoughts on the topic below.

 

94 thoughts on “Don’t Let Anyone Look Down On You.

  1. I know exactly what you mean!
    I’ve felt looked down on especially in school, because my opinion often didn’t mirror that of other students and teachers and after a while I just stopped speaking out. I felt like I was label “the stupid american” and my point of view wasn’t considered as relevant. I know I probably was way off track at least 60% of the time, but I still would’ve appreciated if someone had sat me down and told me where my facts were faulty so that I could learn and form a more educated opinion.

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    • I can relate to that as well. Having a different stand point on something and voicing your beliefs is hard to do. Especially, when you’re young and aren’t always taken seriously. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Have a wonderful week ❤

      Blessings,
      Edye

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  2. Very well said post. I do agree with you. Everyone deserves the right to be heard and everyone can make a difference, no matter the age! You speak very wisely and with kindness. Best wishes to you.

    Keep Calm and Start Writing –
    23millymay25.blogspot. co.uk

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  3. People often mistake me for a teenager because I have a young face and I definitely think that people talk down to me because of it. I often do not feel as respected in the workplace or in daily situations because people think im a child. Thanks for sharing–I totally relate to this!

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  4. This is such a lovely post and I couldn’t agree more. I’m 25 now and I still feel looked down on for being young so unfortunately it doesn’t go away! Plus apparently you actually start losing brain cells after 21 so that’s proof young people should be listened to!
    Amy xx
    http://www.callmeamy.co.uk

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  5. I have never seen that Bible verse before, but I really appreciate you for sharing this. It is such a true verse! I have felt just like you and I have to say this…do you! Only YOU know your full potential and what you are capable of, no one but you and God. Remember that! 🙂

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

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    • I completely agree, Candace! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the post! Everyone is their own individual with their own thoughts and goals. I always say that we should never be afraid to make ourselves happy 🙂

      Blessings,
      Edye

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  6. Hi Edye, It was a pleasure to read your post. What a wise young lady you are! I know what you are saying is true; that the young are just shuffled aside at times instead of listened to. You are all of our future, stay close to Jesus that He may guide your steps always! Teresa

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    • Hi Teresa! Thanks so much for your sweet words! Recently I’ve started to embrace my youth and be content with the point/age I’m at in my life. Have a wonderful rest of your week ❤

      Blessings,
      Edye

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  7. oh yes, I have felt looked down on because of my age! I totally understand that struggle. This is such a great topic Edye- thank you for this! love that bible verse too

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  8. I love that bible verse. I actually have that under my email signature at work. I’ve experience being look down to because I was younger, because I don’t look smart, because I’m a fashion and makeup person… All those stereotypes. But I’ve managed to prove them wrong… All I needed to do was to stand up and show them that there’s so much more to me than what they’ve pictured of me.

    xoxo,
    Gelleesh.com

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed the post, Gellie! I totally agree with you. Once we stand up to being stereotyped and prove that we have so much more to offer, it helps to build our confidence and shows others who we really are ❤

      Blessings,
      Edye

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  9. I couldn’t agree more! I think people have a tendency to look down on others because of their age, but in reality we have a really unique perspective to share.

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  10. Wow – this is a great post. I always have felt more mature than my actual age and it can be complicated to manage. We have to embrace our power as the next generation!

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  11. I can’t say that I felt looked down on in my youth, but I will say that one of my worst traits is worrying what people think. Even now blogging and putting photos out there for the world to see, I worry always about what people might think. Enjoyed this read x
    http://www.vanityandmestyle.com

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    • Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Vanessa! I completely agree that we need to stay true to who we truly are; and never let the world change us. I hope you have a wonderful week ❤

      Blessings,
      Edye

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  12. I think that everyone has! There is always an older person that assures you that you couldn’t possibly know something or understand something because of your lack of experience. I don’t think most young people claim to know everything but they do have a fresh perspective and it should be taken seriously.

    -M

    Violet Roots || Instagram || Twitter

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  13. I’m 25, and every time I read negative comments from older generations about millennials I get so frustrated. Sure, maybe a lot of us spend too much time on our phones or use too much storage space in our brains on stuff like Kardashian family drama, but we’re pretty solid in our beliefs and opinions and we fight for them and make them known. It’s definitely frustrating being looped into some stereotype just because of your age.

    Don’t let them get to you!

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  14. I have learned so much from people who are younger than me – especially my adult daughters. Living a life of integrity and wisdom and being an example to others know no age. You are so on target. Thanks for sharing with #overthemoon

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  15. You are so wise. As I read your articles, I can feel the love you have for your fellowman as you give advice to others. When you wrote “set an example for the believers,” I was touched by your message. We can learn words of wisdom from our youth. I learn so much from my daughters.

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  16. I loved this blog post. I remember what it was like to be a teenager and not being listened to that much. You’re right you are the future and your in your prime and need to be heard more.

    Keep speaking up and making a difference.

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  17. I couldn’t agree more. I am 25 with 3 young children but I must look at about 16! I get spoken down to quite a lot, this happened a lot more when I was pregnant. I have a little more confidence, since I started my own business, to say something about how they are speaking to me. xx

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