What the HELL are you doing?
Okay, I'll slow down.
But seriously where are your heads and what's going on in your brains? I used to have so much respect for you guys. Growing up, our teachers kept pounding into our skulls that we were THE generation. Remember?
"You are the ones that are going to change the world. You have the technology, you have the resources, and you have the power. You guys are the future."
And even if they may have said so to every generation, I was stuck on the fact that we were going to do something huge; together or separately we were going to change the world. We're going to be the next presidents, inventors, educators and role models....right?
But I know you. I go to school with some of you still and it frightens me. I get on Facebook and see your status updates that paint a portrait of the direction your lives are taking. The status updates that tell me everything I don't need to know and more. And I see the photos you're tagged in and the photos you take of yourselves. It's truly a crying shame.
I see your names in the local newspaper police reports; these are kids that I've known since the age of five. I know what you're up to, and I don't know why. When did we forget that we have a responsibility to the future?
I know the world we've been handed isn't in the most promising condition, and I honestly would choose something a little bit simpler. The economy is in turmoil, wars are a constant occurrence, and people are prejudiced and quick to judge others. We have a lot of problems and they've been dropped into our laps.
But that doesn't mean it's time to party and ignore the situation at hand. That's not about to get us anywhere. Do you remember guys, we're the future? Doesn't that mean that we should be eager to 'inherit' all these issues so that we can make the most of them? I know it's a weird concept, but 'back in the day' we used to be so eager to please. We used to care what other people thought about us. Now we're putting our faults out on the internet for the world to pick apart. What happened to self respect and dignity?
I'm pleading with you to step it up. Use the sucky situations to your advantage. Most of us don't have the best track record, so use taking advantage of the future and making CHANGE a way to clean your slate, and perhaps even...make a difference.
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