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Write a reflective composition of not fever than 350 words on "The Dilemma of Adolescents".

The Dilemma of Adolescents

 

Adolescence must be one of the most traumatic and turbulent stages of human development. Often still childish and immature, adolescents are nevertheless eager to become adults. However, some adolescents want to be adults without the responsibilities that come with being one. Perhaps that is why we hear so much of adolescents being involved in cohabitation, pre-marital sex, illegal abortions, cases of abandoning babies, smoking, and the list goes on.

An adolescent wrote to a local newspaper, "I suppose there are some advantages in being over 18 -- no parental signature needed on application forms, having your own driving license, coming home late, having my views heard and being consulted when family decisions are made. But I dislike the prejudiced looks thrown at me just because I dress differently, wear black nail polish and numerous earrings. I feel I am being forced to conform to norms and standards imposed upon me by society. So on behalf of all young people struggling to maintain our individuality, I beseech to be understood. I may dress differently and appear to be eccentric and crazy ... but it's all part of growing up."

The cry for compassion and understanding of this girl who wrote the letter echoes similar cries of many adolescents. While they enjoy some of the privileges of adulthood, they also find the adult norms and expectations restrictive.

Newspapers usually publish articles of juvenile delinquency, giving the impression that today's adolescents are far more notorious than those of their parents' generation. What is often forgotten is that the sins of today's adolescents receive more media attention and coverage than, for example, the case of an unwed pregnant small town girl of yesteryear.

Making mistakes is a part of growing up. Regardless of the magnitude of their mistakes, the most important thing for adolescents is to learn from their mistakes and to lead successful and productive lives -- just as most adults have done.

If adults were honest with themselves, they would admit that they too have stumbled along the way. So they should not condemn the younger generation when they make mistakes. It was said that the great inventor, Thomas Edison, who had 10000 failures before discovering the light bulb claimed that he learned 10000 things that di not work from those failures which provided him vital information. The information eventually led to his success.

Therefore adults should always be sympathetic to the dilemma that adolescents go through. They should not condemn adolescents when they make mistakes. Instead adolescents should be given the space to grow and to learn from their mistakes.

     
beseech   to request urgently
     
juvenile delinquency   Antisocial or criminal behavior by children or adolescents.
     
 
 
 

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