Pressure And Expectation On Young People

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In today’s society there is a lot of pressure and expectation from various people in a lives, no matter who we are whether that’s as students, parents or whatever the case may be. Specifically today I want to talk about the pressure on young people and the expectations that others may have of us.

Not only do younger people have pressure and expectation to do well in education, whether that be pressure from themselves or pressure from others, but I feel as though we also have pressure to know what we would like to do in the future. We are all expected to have a sense of direction, but that’s not always the case. Don’t get me wrong, there are people who may know exactly what they want to be such as a doctor, a nurse, a policeman, a journalist, or whichever job it may be. But not everybody knows.

In all honesty I find it frustrating. We are still young. There shouldn’t be any pressure nor expectation to know what job we want to go into at such a young age. Whenever anybody asks me what job or field I want to go into I almost always feel uncomfortable because I don’t have a definite plan. At the moment I feel as though I only have a very vague direction and no definite one  – I feel a pressure and expectation from others that I should know exactly what I want to do at my age.

As young people we have our whole life ahead of us and we shouldn’t feel pressured into making such big decisions at such a young age. If a young person doesn’t know what degree to go into or what to do once their degree is over then that is perfectly okay. If a young person has a vague idea or knows exactly what degree/job they want to go into then that’s great, I say go ahead with your hearts desire and don’t let anybody get in your way!

I’m still young and I’m still figuring things out for myself. Some people know what they want to do and others don’t. I’m in the latter category but both of these are perfectly okay. I have my whole life ahead of me to figure things out for myself and at my own pace – I shouldn’t have to give in to the pressure’s and expectations of society or the people around me. After all, it’s my life and my journey that should be free from external pressure and expectations of what paths I am and am not taking in this funny thing known as life.

It’s my life. It’s my journey. My journey is not a replica of someone else’s. The paths I take will not be the same as the next person. We are all different people going through life at own pace and figuring things out for ourselves at different points in our life. We should not succumb to other people’s expectations as they are not in our  shoes and living our lives.

I’m not entirely sure where this post is going but there’s one message that I want to get out there. That message is to focus on yourself and try not to compare your journey to another person’s journey – everyone’s journey in life is different. By comparing yourself to other people’s journey you’re only losing focus on yourself and your own growth which is important.

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