They never stop. They graduate from school, enter either a college or a university, try so hard to get a job which will set them apart from other adults to be. They stop at nothing, no matter what, they go to great length to build a wealthy future and a prosperous life. Why?
The answer can be on the surface, if we have a closer look. Those children do not actually have a slightest choice. Their parents want them to be happy and therefore push their offspring to the older life world, demolishing the roots, paths and bridges leading back. A teenager hears so many don’ts and musts, so it gets impossible for them to live their own life. Unfortunately, their priority list (written by their supportive nurtures, of course) never involves hobbies, hanging out with friends and relaxing in front of the telly or with a book.
We must face it. Sometimes, the parental benevolence can be overwhelming and they do not enlighten their progeny. On the contrary, they just want to have things their own way, forbidding the children to speak their mind. No one really cares what a student to be wants. And when they occasionally starts to act up, trying to stick for themselves, the wise mentors, without even a bit of remorse, grumble about the generation gap and ungrateful kids.
To my mind, youth are not obliged to follow their parents’ plans if they, even somewhere deep down, think differently or disagree. And in spite of the fact, that there is usually a grain of truth in what the older relatives want and wish, they should not take their child’s obedience for granted. If they brought up a future ballet dancer or an artist, not a desired lawyer or a doctor in fifth generation, so be it.
Being a wise parent, who leads but not pushes, is a difficult job. The most difficult one. So, perhaps, before looking through all of those university brochures, we should look at the mirror first and ask ourselves a simple question: “Am I doing this right?”