Believing in Today’s Youth

We hear a lot of negative commentary about the youth of today. It would seem all teenagers use drugs and don’t care about anything except for their smart phones. However, I don’t believe this to be true. I think the majority of teens have goals in life and act responsibly.

Granted the teenagers I worked with got into their share of trouble, but not many of them used drugs.  And despite recent reports that say alcohol and marijuana use among teens is on the rise, other reports show that most teenagers either no longer use drugs or never have.

It may also seem like there are more acts of violence among our youth today, and perhaps there are, but it certainly doesn’t mean it’s the norm.  I believe teenagers care more about the important things in life than we think they do, we just need to listen to them and let them know we care about them.

And without a doubt, we need to tell them we believe in them.

Perhaps having been a troubled teenager myself it strikes a nerve when I hear negative things about our youth, but there’s more to it than just that. I loved all the teenagers I worked with and I’m still in touch with some of them today. From what they tell me, I made a difference in their lives.

I know they certainly made one in mine.

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Author: Darryl S. Duke

I love life and people. I also enjoy writing about things that can help others find greater happiness. I know many people have negative and often misunderstood conceptions about alcoholism and addiction. My goal is to help remove the shame and stigma associated with what most experts now agree is a progressive, chronic, relapsing, and sometimes deadly brain disease.

2 thoughts on “Believing in Today’s Youth”

  1. Nice read Darryl. It is unfortunate that the ‘media’ chooses not to write about all the ‘good’ people. I agree, lots more ‘good’ young people than there are getting themselves in to tough situations.

    Friendly reminder: buckle up: prevents the aliens from snatching you from your boat.

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