Stupidity Only Lasts So Long
June 16, 2011
I’m standing outside of the high school with my classmates watching the mock accident that Elsa Krieg and Michael Sobon presented along with the EMT students. I see the kids that I’m going to graduate with in the “crashed” cars and I think, “What if that was one of us?”
It’s hard to see our fellow peers, even if were a mock accident, in a crash like that and think that their lives changed in one instant. Even though it has not happened to us, that doesn’t mean it can’t or won’t happen in the future.
As teenagers, we tend to believe we are on top of the world and that we know everything and can do anything without something bad happening. We become cocky and do whatever we want without thinking about the consequences.
As young adults, we are at that age where we do without thinking and end up getting ourselves in sticky situations. What is the cure for the nonsense that we make?
One can find the solution in time and experience. Maturity comes from experience. The more we “experiment” or live life and see new things, we will grow more mature, and instead of doing things at first thought, we’ll take our time and think things through before actually doing something about it. We learn how to make good decisions for ourselves by reflecting on what has happened in our past and think how we can make things different and better in the future.
If we get into a car accident or hurt someone with our car, we don’t know how to react and we don’t know what to do. However, if we have lived long enough to have had it happen more than once or seen it more than once, then we will know what to do in that case and how to prevent it later in the future. But in that instant that it happened, we realize our wrong; we realize when it’s too late.
Everyone, especially young adults, will make millions of mistakes throughout their lives. The point isn’t to let those mistakes bring you down. Instead, we need to learn from them and grow into a better and stronger person because of the mistakes we made. That is what life is about- that is the real world.
So to my classmates, other teenagers, and our parents as well as other readers, I ask for patience, because it takes patience to deal with the ‘crazy-ness’ teenagers tend to do. We are still learning about life and from our mistakes, and we will continue to learn until the day we die.