If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time, you would know that one of my pet peeves is people placing this invisible wall between the young ‘uns and the adoolts. I don’t like it when teenagers will laugh at an older person trying to navigate his/her way into social media. I mean, come on, leave the old chap alone.
(I mean have you seen Grandpa Chanjae’s Instagram account?? That is absolute pureness, that is. And the story behind it is so heartwarming, I guarantee you.)
At the same time, and this is what I want to focus on this post, I don’t like it when older people are like, “Eh, you’re still a kid. You don’t know what you’re talking about” or “You haven’t been in this world as long as I have. Trust me, I know what I’m doing.”
Um. Excusez moi? (Channeling my inner Sharpay here haha)
Just because someone has only been around in this world for less than two decades, doesn’t mean you should dismiss the things that person has gone through so far.
There’s this phrase that a lot of adults like to wave on the face of youths that recently gives me mental itch: “the real world out there.”
“You need to be ready for the real world out there.”
“You can’t do this or that in the real world out there.”
“You still are not ready for the real world out there.”
“The real world out there does not work that way.”
I beg your pardon but I didn’t realize we live in some youth world until we’re twenty-somethings. Is it because the “real world out there” is some kind of game exclusively for ages 23 and above?
You may think, “Well Kate, they meant that youths are usually wrapped in a figurative bubble keeping them innocent and ignorant. And that the real world out there is worse and harsh.”
Bullcrap. Reality is cruel to everyone. The world is harsh, period. We all have bubbles that try to protect us from these. There is no “out there.”
The real world is not “out there.”
I am living in the real world. The experiences I have, the obstacles I have gone through, and the lessons I’ve learned are not irrelevant to this journey called my life.
And so do you.
It’s right where you are. It’s where you experience the hardships and the smiles and the fulfillment and the work. Whether you’re working on a study desk doing your math homework, or on a cubicle typing a report, or on a rickety old table answering crosswords puzzle, the real world is right here.
Do not dismiss what anyone else has gone through and say things like, “That’s nothing. I’ve experienced worse” or “You haven’t seen what I have.”
Because no. We’re all different people, experiencing things in varying degrees. And in one way or another, those experiences impacted us and we learned something from them.
That, in itself, should mean something. 🙂
Have an inspired day, awesome peeps! ❤