Is age just a number?

Canada
April 13, 2008 4:48pm CST
So often I feel under estimated and misjudged, mostly because of my age. It seems as if the older people become, the more respect they get. But I never feel as if I am getting the respect I deserve. I believe that I can help people, and I find that I do have alot of good advice to offer. But alot of people just push what I have to say aside, because I am young and they figure that I couldn't possibly teach them anything. Many people stereotype teenagers as foolish, clueless, and shallow, but I don't think that I am any of these things. I have been in the past, but I am a fast learner. No, I do not think I know everything. But I do believe that I have alot to offer the world. Is anyone else going through this, or have you gone through this in the past? Do you think that age is just a number, or do you think of it as something that defines a person and their life experiences?
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• United States
13 Apr 08
One of the books I read in the past was called "Many Lives, Many Masters" and can be found at your local library. In this particular book a psychiatrist decribes a patient and her 'many lives' through reincarnation. Is age just a number? Yeah...just a number because it is just possible that the wisdom you may have was gained through a previous life. I know for some people this sounds far-fetched. But unless you read this book first....it's an eye opener. I think you probably have a lot to share and a lot of wisdom to help others. We are in this world to make it a better place.
• Canada
14 Apr 08
Well I will definately have to check this book out. I do believe that it is possible to have wisdom from past lives, so I could see myself being interested in it.
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• United States
13 Apr 08
I agree with you saying that teenagers have been stereotyped by society. People think that because you are a certain age, you automatically fit the stereotype for that group. It is the classic judging a book by it's cover. Your age should not define you, your experiences in life should.
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• Canada
13 Apr 08
I'm glad you agree
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• United States
13 Apr 08
i know what your talking about. people don't realize that NOT every teenager is an airhead. their are plenty of us who are more level headed than someone whos 45. just my opinion.
• Canada
13 Apr 08
I agree. I have seen 30 and 40 year olds starting rumours, picking fights with those younger than them, and just causing alot of drama for no general reason. Teenagers can hardley get away with that sort of behaviour, so sometimes I wonder what their excuse is.
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@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
13 Apr 08
No matter what your age, respect has to be earned. The more people are around you, the more they will learn to trust and respect what you have to say. Your age may make it a tad bit more difficult, but once you earn someone's respect it doesn't really make a lot of difference.
• Canada
13 Apr 08
Yes, respect does have to be earned. But I feel as if I am at a disadvantage because of my age....some people just can't see past numbers somtimes.
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@gemini_rose (16194)
13 Apr 08
I have been there too, a while ago now mind, but there all the same. Unfortunately you are right in that teenagers are stereotyped by some people, but not all. I can assure you that you will find that whatever you want to say on here, you will get a fair hearing, people will listen to you, age is not relevant on here. I am sure that you have a lot to offer the world, you just have to keep putting your voice forward and make sure that you shout the loudest and eventually people will listen, you just have to make them listen and show them that you are not just some snotty nosed little teenager like some are. To be honest with you, the world needs to hear more about the good teenagers of the world, the ones who have things to say and the ones who have a lot of help to give.
• Canada
13 Apr 08
Yes, I have found that not alot of people really care how old I am, and I have actually recieved quite a few best responses since I have been here. So that really means alot to me. Its good to see that I have helped some people out. Too bad the rest of the world isn't like mylot, lol.
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
14 Apr 08
that is funny because in today's world I find it to be true that older people are not given the respect that they deserve and have earned - they are thought to be passe' by the younger generation - not with it, could not possibly understand.... archaic and the like. the elderly generation is a great natural resource that is being wasted and pushed aside.
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• Canada
14 Apr 08
Yes, it is also true that the elderly is not always given the respect that they deserve.
@Hatley (164471)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Apr 08
Stereotyping is the problem here because we just love to put people into little smug pigeon holes and label them . WE judge incorrectly because we do not know the person at all that we judge. I have met so many capable young people that have as much to offer as someone twice their age yet they really do not get the credit they deserve.We let a few foolish teenagers sway our views of all young people and that is so sad. WE all need to get away from judging anyone. Each person should be valued for what he or she does and not by how old they are.When I was a young mother I had so manymuch older women try to tell me that what I was doing with my child was all wrong. But I knew that what I was doing was just right for my child. I was old enough and smart enough to know the right things to do but was not given credit for bing smart at all.this is really sad.
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• Canada
14 Apr 08
It must be terrible being told that you are raising your child wrong, when of course, you know best.