Teen vs. Curmudgeon

Oh, ho…looky, looky. We have a teen perusing my mental vomit! In response to my post “Why do teenagers exist?” I received the following comment from the user someteen:

(pardon the misspelled words)I dont even know where to begin after reading an article like that….hmmm….well first I do agree with what you have said on styles of the day and how it can be quite pathetic(not that I am much of an improvement)but its was a bit harsh. If I can remember correctly, from what i’ve heard from my parents and others, people that were your age..(lol).. when you were a kid also complained about how the kids dressed and so on and so forth. Complaining about the youth is just as bad a trend as the way we dress. Plus teens will always find a way to piss you off. It’s what we do, even if its not intentional. I also think that you are ABSOLUTELY 100% correct about kids trying to act older these days! UGHHHH it gets to me sometimes! Example–I offered a friend to come over and have a “sleep over” so we could play guitar and video games. I was laughed at for the rest of the week for being a gay/girl/faggot. Did I miss something? Anyways thats my rant……

Interesting! Ok,let’s take this apart piece by piece because a) it is a very interesting debate and b) I’m an ass.

  1. well first I do agree with what you have said on styles of the day and how it can be quite pathetic(not that I am much of an improvement)but its was a bit harsh.” No it wasn’t. I don’t think I was being a bit harsh at all. Regardless of the generational differences there is no excuse for poor taste or stupidity. For instance, trucker caps. They were a bad idea when they first came out and they’re a bad idea now. I pray every evening before I go to bed that two things happen: the fad will disappear soon and that those people that wear them are sucked into a black hole. Trust me, when I was growing up there were trends and fads that we had when we were teens that were absolutely retarded and horrible. Take into account that I was a teen in the 1980s! Almost everything was shit then! I would just hope that future generations would have learned from our mistakes. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like they do.
  2. Complaining about the youth is just as bad a trend as the way we dress.” No, it isn’t a trend it is a birth right. Anyone over the age of 19 (some may even say over the age of 24) has the right to complain about young’ns. When you’ve fought the battle over a quarter century to figure out who you are and what you want then you realize that a good portion of the things you’ve done, the fashions you’ve worn and many of your previous interests were a complete waste of time. Yes, this is a sense of entitlement. When you hit your late 20s and your 30s you’ll also look at the youth movement at the time and feel the same way. But you’ve earned that right because you would have hopefully learned from the poor ideas, trends and fashions of your day. You don’t like it, eh? Fine. Go find a way to go Logan’s Run on society and institute the Carousel.
  3. Plus teens will always find a way to piss you off.” Agreed. I would just like to expand that statement to just say “humans”.
  4. Example–I offered a friend to come over and have a “sleep over” so we could play guitar and video games. I was laughed at for the rest of the week for being a gay/girl/faggot. Did I miss something?” No, you didn’t miss anything. People your age are still going through their period of sexual discovery and are prone to finding some lame sexual inuendo in everything. Why? They themself are insecure about their sexuality. As they grow older they’ll hopefully realize that it wasn’t some girly/gay thing to do. It is just what you do when you’re comfortable with your friends and you enjoy having a good time with them. Once you hit college, you’ll find yourself passing out with people of the same sex, sleeping in the same room with them and doing all sorts of crap like that. It isn’t gay at all. You’re friends are just being ignorant to one of the greatest aspects of being a true adult – friendship with no strings attached.

That last part can be moot, however, if you guys didn’t play guitar and video games and actually dressed up as Little Bo Peep and one of her sheep. Then I’d start to question things.

Seriously, anyone questioning your sexuality because of something as innocuous because of having a friend crash at your place and hanging out is an utter boob. Although your first instinct is to love a boob and to caress the boob, that isn’t the case in this instance. During your pre-teens kids have sleepovers and parties and play games and stuff. Then you hit those teen years where everyone is trying to comfortable with their body, their sense of identity, their sexuality and also trying to fit in with whatever crowd they’ve aligned with. After those shitty teen years you’ll find that the world opens up again and is more accepting.

In conclusion, I’m telling you to give your friends the finger. Much like I’m giving one to all of you teens today. Enjoy!