THE YOUNG GENERATION
AND THEIR PROBLEMS
How many of you haven't, at least once, heard the phrase: "When I was young things were different?" Everyone is only young once. What are the young people like today?
I am 17 years old, I study at the secondary school, and I am preparing for university. I don't really have any problems with my studies, but....
When I say "but", it's because everything is not all right. Most young people know about these feelings. I am going to tell you about my thoughts and opinions and in what I tell, you might recognize some of your own experiences and problems.
I know many people, but I've got only one friend. I used to think that I had a lot of friends, but that is not the truth. A friend is someone who listens when you need to talk about your problems, someone who gives you advice and doesn't betray you. It is a shame that I haven't got more people in my life that I can trust. Surely, most of you know these problems about friendship. I read somewhere that "friendship is worth more than love"...
Nice word...It's popular among poets, musicians, and artists. However, this word also means heartache and fear for someone.
Most people look for a perfect partner. My sister, for example, wants someone who is handsome, tall, rich, intelligent, good, faithful, and funny. What do you think? Does such a man exist? I know some people who are in love with someone who does not love them in return. What should they do? Not everyone is strong enough to say: "Fine, you don't know what you are missing out on"...
SCHOOL AND TEACHERS
Many students have got problems with their grades or teachers. I think that my English teacher doesn't like me. I always get a "3", whether I study or not, so, why should I learn English if I don't like it and the teacher is terrible? My mother is not pleased with my low marks. She always wants me to have the best results, which leads me to the next problem.
Parents always want their children to be the best and the smartest. My parents want me to become a doctor. lt is a nice profession, helping people, saving their lives and all that, but what can I do if I don't like blood and I want to become an economist? My parents can't imagine that I would do anything differently from what they want. They are ideal and they expect that their children will be the same. It's not just about my future career, but also my hairstyle, clothes, and friends. They think that my hobbies are worthless, that I don't help enough at home, that I don't study enough and that the music I listen to is terrible. My parents think my life is full of problems, problems, problems...
In some families, they have different problems such as arguments and divorce. My neighbour's parents are getting a divorce. Everyday, we listen to their shouting. Sometimes, we even hear the father hit the mother. It's scary! At those times, who is thinking about their children? Their son ran away from home twice, but he came back both times. There are some runaways who don't come back at all. They stay in the streets and risk getting in contact with drugs, prostitution, and maybe even death.
THE FUTURE AND CHOOSING A PROFESSION
How should I know what I would like to be? How will I make the right choice? I will be 18 next year. Officially, I will be an adult. As an adult, I am expected to be independent and live without problems. Is that possible?
Drugs are one of the most serious problems facing today's young generation. All the other problems I discussed earlier in this essay can lead to drug abuse. Let me clarify some facts about drugs.
They are separated into two categories - soft and hard drugs. I have listed some of them here: Soft drugs are alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana (pot, cannabis), hash, glue, sedatives, and mushrooms. Hard drugs are ecstasy, speed (amphetamine), cocaine, opium, and heroin.
You can usually tell if someone is under the influence of drugs. Some of the symptoms can be red eyes, small pupils and slow movements. In addition, people under the influence of drugs often smile and giggle inappropriately, talk incoherently, act tired and / or hallucinate. The effects of drugs vary from making you tired to giving you lots of energy, from making you friendly to aggressive, but all of the effects are not the result of your natural consciousness.
Some of you think it is normal these days to be under the influence. It is OK, but be aware that smoking tobacco has been proven to cause cancer, and that many drugs can cause depression, health damage, and maybe even result in death.
Look around and you might recognize that some people are under the influence of drugs. It's good to notice changes, like the sudden break up of a long friendship, a notable difference in clothing, changes in behaviour and friends. Maybe that person doesn't know how to stop. Maybe they need your help.
Considering the facts about drugs, we need to ask ourselves, "Why do some teenagers use drugs?" Some might find their present life boring. Others may have too many problems. Or maybe, some teenagers use drugs to gain respect in a gang. At other times, it's just curiosity.
I have described only a few of the problems facing the young generation of today. I am sure there are many more and that one day we might solve them. Maybe we should just allow young people to express themselves freely with their hairstyle, clothing and hobbies.
What kind of advice would you give to the following teenagers?
Peter, 18: "I'm part of a group of friends who sometimes take drugs. I know I shouldn't do it, but I always do, I just have a hard time saying no. I am feeling that I'm starting to do it more often. My parents don't know about it. They think everything is OK."
Dana, 16: "I'm pregnant. I live with my father and he wants me to study at the university. He is sometimes aggressive and nervous. How should I tell him? I'm scared.”
Robert, 19: "I live on my own in a flat. I've got a good job and a lot of friends. My parents think I have a problem with alcohol. It started when my girlfriend left me. Whenever I go somewhere, I drink to be more confident, but I can't stop. My parents think that I am an alcoholic, but I only drink when I go out at night."