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