No doubt, if you follow me you'll see I have an interest in politics. I like conveying my opinions and debating about them. My opinions are strong in my mind, I doubt anyone can persuade me to join the opposing side, whether it be a debate at school about the text we're studying or a debate on G@G about politics. But I accept other views, even if I don't agree with them.
Many times on many different occasions on this website, and others, and in real life I have been told something along the lines of:
"Aren't you a little young to be worrying about politics?"
"You're young. Have fun, don't stress about all this political stuff."
I am young. I'm tomorrow's old person. Why shouldn't I be taking an interest in politics? I'd rather know what is going on in the world around me, know the world for what it is and who runs it. I can't spend all my life living in some kind of dream world thinking everything is rosy and equal when I think we all know it's far from that. It's about time I woke up.
People telling me about how I'm "wasting my childhood" and I "should be having fun" well, I do have fun in my own way. I find debate fun. I have a healthy life. I go to school, after school I'll either go to the library with my friend, head to a revision class or just come home and relax for a while before I start doing my schoolwork. I don't see why I can't be a regular teenage girl and take an interest in politics.
How do I know it isn't a career path I want to pursue in the future?
I can't be ignorant to the world around me forever- the truth is everyone is ignorant of a lot of things. There isn't anyone who is not at all ignorant because it's impossible for one human being informed and knowledgeable about everything in the world. Anybody who thinks they are is immensely ignorant. If we accept we're ignorant to a lot of things- it shows we're identifying a problem. It's how we deal with that ignorance that says something about you or me as a person. Do you continue being ignorant, or show you're willing to become knowledgable and slightly less ignorant than before?
I am aware I'm ignorant to a lot of things. I haven't been to the capital city of my own country, I've never been abroad, there's so much I haven't even seen yet. I've had someone say to me before, that I'm only 16, on G@G from my parents' house, and I'm pretending I'm smart by becoming a G@G editor.
Firstly, I didn't even intend to become an editor, I stumbled upon G@G numerous times when looking for advice, and one day decided to join- then I discovered you can write on here, so I thought: "why not? I enjoy writing."
Then after I turned 16, I wrote the MyTake: Things I've Learnt In 16 Years Of Life... and was given an editor badge by G@G.
One thing G@G has given me the chance to do, which I wouldn't have had the chance to do without the internet is to talk to people from other countries, see their views and perspectives on life. Whether I agree with them or not is a different story, but it is still interesting to view their thought process and how they see things.
Because I can't afford to go abroad, I'd love to, I really would- go out and meet people from other countries and see the other countries as well as meeting the people- but it's too expensive. So at least with joining G@G, I've had the opportunity to speak to those from around the globe.
I can't stay behind a childhood smokescreen forever, I have to grow up at one point and whether I like it or not my "childhood" has ended. I'm not going to lie, those were better days, but I'm turning 18-years-old next year and I have to grow up.
People let age act as a barrier for a lot of things. Well being young isn't a negative, yes you may not be old enough to be able to drive yet, or watch an 18 rated movie at the cinema, but young people are the future. Should we be blinded about the world, or know how it is so we can take on the world when we become adults? Or would you rather have a generation of hollow-headed, clueless people who are lost and don't know whether to turn left or right up or down?
Sometimes I feel like the younger generations can't seem to win, no matter how hard we try. If we take an interest in the world around us we're "too young" and should "focus on our childhood and having fun" and if we don't we're "hopeless" and "entitled" and "know nothing of the world around us." What do people want from us?
I'll admit it, I don't know much about the world around me, but I'm willing to learn. When was anybody too young to learn?
Thank you for reading. :)