"You’re just a teenager."
That is what people say.
"You aren’t worth anything and can’t have any consequential place in the political society of grown-ups."
That is what those people mean.
I’ve never understood it. We're about to become adults. We're not little kids anymore, so why do people keep acting like that’s all we could ever possibly be?
Sure, we may not have graduated college, or even high school yet. But that in no way justifies the way that we are being treated. Yes, the age of success is dropping rapidly. We are becoming more noticeable, and that is because young people are beginning to do amazing things.
But why now? Because young people are just starting to be told that they have a voice. Do you think that there were never teenagers who had the same thoughts and the same willpower as Malala? As the revolutionary internet media staples who are making a positive impact on the world? Of course there have. But those teenagers weren’t supported by anyone. No one thought that they could make a difference, because they were too young. People told them that they didn’t understand the world yet. But when do those people think that we gain this mystical understanding of the world? At what age do we somehow become consequential? It just doesn’t make sense.
I understand that for some people, the reason that teenagers can’t be entrusted with power and publicity, is that we make so many mistakes. But guess what? Adults make mistakes too. Everyone makes mistakes, big or small, throughout their entire lives. No one is at fault. And no one is faultless, no matter how much they might wish to believe that they are.
I just never think I'll understand, and society doesn't want me to.