“Everyone has the right to express their opinion…”
With all the different issues our world is currently facing, it is inevitable that everyone has their own opinion. But only few has the courage to express it; Or maybe some are just afraid to voice them out. Like us, teenagers.
I conducted a simple interview with my fellow teenagers and asked them possible reasons why some of us are afraid to voice out our opinions. And here’s what we/ they say:
1. “We are afraid of criticisms.”
We all know that expression of opinion comes with criticism. It is inevitable that some teenagers are afraid of these because they tend to have vulnerable hearts. Or maybe some of us are afraid of judgment. I, myself, have tried to voice out my opinion and had regrets after doing it. After I confidently posted my thought about a certain issue, I received comments and I started to feel bashful. We all understand that some criticisms may be constructive or destructive, but regardless of how it is delivered, we can still be afraid because we’re just starting to learn how to accept it.
But let me tell you that criticisms are actually good. Some of them helps us to grow and learn something. As the saying goes, “If you’re not open to criticism, then you’re not open to truly growing as a person.”
2. “We are told to shut up.”
Truth be told, this is one of the reasons why.
Some adults view teenagers’ opinions worthless. We do understand that we are too young to think that we could actually change the world. But we know all too well that being young doesn’t restrict us to have an opinion about a certain issue. We also have the right to be heard and our opinions to be valued.
Some teenagers don’t share their thoughts because of the fear of rejection. We are told at school to never be afraid of voicing out our opinions, but we are never warned that we could be bashed by doing so. They degrade us, teenagers, thinking that we were just born yesterday, and oblivious to the “real world.” We’re belittled and told to grow up but stops us from speaking our thoughts, which is how we could grow.
To (some) adults,
We are teenagers, not “just teenagers”. Do you understand? Please don’t limit us from voicing out our opinions. Wasn’t there a time when you were like us? When you were only like us, wanting a voice too? Hoping we could freely suggest about a certain issue?
I know some of us are being careless, irresponsible, and impolite about making opinions. And I know that some adults are reading this thinking that not all are dismissive of teens. I’m not saying these just because i’m also a teenager. There are some adults who support teens, I understand, however, it goes the same for us. You cannot put all flowers on the same pot. Meaning, we are different from each other. Not all teenagers are “careless”, “irresponsible”, and “worthless.” Some of us may be insane but that doesn’t mean that teenagers that actually care like us don’t exist. We do care about these issues, especially we are the next ones to inherit the responsibilities of the future. So please, let us care.
3. “We are not confident enough.”
“All reluctance is a lack of confidence.”
Some teenagers are reluctant to speak out their opinions because they are not confident enough of what they’re saying. They are afraid to commit mistakes about what they’re stating. They aren’t very sure of their opinion. In addition, some may change their opinion after reading or knowing other’s. Because they lack confidence, they are easily confused about which side they should be. So they remain silent, instead of speaking a certain opinion then changing it afterwards.
I know that we all have our own reasons why we choose to stay silent about our opinion. But whatever it is, we should realize that everyone’s opinion matters. But always remember, that it is best to deliver them politely and start to learn accepting criticisms. Be confident and stand for what you believe and what you think is right.
We are teenagers, and we are born to stand out. But we could only stand out, if we start to voice out our thoughts and be part of something.
You have a voice, let it speak and be heard.
Don’t just zip your mouth.
Believe in yourself, and learn to speak, little by little until you can. Let’s do this.
(Thank you so much to all my fellows who’ve been part of my simple interview. You were such a great help!)
“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”― Ronald Reagan
In this world, where different people with different personalities, capabilities, and beliefs are altogether living surely explain why all of us need a great leader for us to follow. Just like a vast ocean, where different fishes swim need a great leader to lead the way. But among them all, how do we spot a great leader to choose? What does it take to be a great leader?
1. They are passionate.
To lead is a very great responsibility, it is something that you cannot take too lightly. It is a privilege, but at the same time, a burden. So it is essential to have a leader who really wants to lead, and is passionate about it. A person with a passion-driven leadership is expected not to give up easily. He will wholeheartedly accept all the challenges and will do his best to surpass them all.
2. They are an inspiration.
A great leader is not just a leader, he is an inspiration. He would demonstrate all the possibilities even during the worst and difficult times. A great leader isn’t just great alone, thus, he helps others to also bring out their greatness within. He lifts his followers up, as he also rises together with them. To be a great leader is to be an inspiration, and how to be an inspiration is explained by John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
3. They are also a follower.
A leader cannot be a great one if he doesn’t learn and experience how it is to be a follower. If not, he would just keep on speaking and making commands, without understanding how it should be followed. To explain it clearly, is a famous quotation, “Great leaders don’t tell you what to do, they show you how it’s done.”Moreover, he takes action together with his followers as one of them, and doesn’t take credits once it succeeds.
4. They are optimistic.
Certainly, we won’t dream of a pessimist leader who only sees the difficulties in every opportunity, instead, we need an optimistic one to see the opportunies in the difficult times. It is very important for a leader to have a positive attitude for everyone’s future is in his hands. A negative attitude of a leader would definitely bring drought to his followers. A great leader is not expected to utter words like “I can’t,” but positive words like “I can, and I will.”
5. They are brave.
Maybe, most of you would think that a leader is standing on the stage, facing the crowd, and making speeches. But a great leader is so much more than that, he also stands in the middle where many guns or knives are pointing at him, waiting for him to make a mistake. A great leader is a brave person. He is willing to take risks for the good of everyone, and brave enough to take the blame when he fails. A great leader is unafraid to stand for what is right, for what he believes in, and most importantly, for his followers. He is fearless to speak out even if he’s the only one at the other side. Above all else, he must be courageous enough to go against the tide of opinions.
Definitely and inevitably, there are lot more characteristics we should be looking for on a great leader. But what is important is for all of us to understand that we, ourselves, are also leaders waiting for our right time to lead. To our current, and future leaders, be great and good luck to all of you.
Some times in our lives, we would have to face some challenging questions to answer and decide, for ourselves. Just like,
Passion or Money?
We all know that choosing our career is a very serious and important matter to decide. It’s like planning of how your future would become. Inevitably, we may encounter two different paths we can choose from, one’s about money, and the other one’s about passion. But between these two, what is the best path we should take?
“How do you see yourself 10 years from now?”
While others are imagining themselves wearing a white gown, being a doctor; carrying a suitcase, being a lawyer; writing on a blackboard, being a teacher; or loading a gun, being a policeman; I am here, visualizing myself holding a pen, being a writer. While others have chosen a career where they can make a good living, I have chosen my passion, maybe i’m not as rich as how I am expected to be, but I am full of learning because I have chosen to do what I love to.
Choosing between passion and money, is like choosing between your heart and mind. And they would always say, “Follow your heart, and so Follow your passion.”
Following your passion is a brave thing to do. It is a sacrifice and a risk you would take about your future. You may regret it, and fail, but also, you may succeed and be happy. But for me, this is the best thing to do.
We love to do something because we are good at this thing, and have skills to do it. Yes, skills. Skills are given to us by God, as a clue about our purpose in life. Surely, we are not made to earn money because we can’t take them with us in heaven. We are made to live our purpose and achieve our dreams. “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose,” Bishop TD. Jakes said. We are created for one purpose to fulfill, so follow your passion, and live your that purpose.
The good thing about working your passion is that you wouldn’t feel like working at all. You would enjoy every tasks, and you wouldn’t feel stressed and tired like how other people usually feel about their jobs. Choosing what you love to do and working for it will bring you happiness and courage in your job, which success would surely requires to come for you. Like what Arthur Buddhold once said, “Follow your passion, and success will follow you.”
People should start to realize that life isn’t just about making money, building a mansion, and everyday shopping. It is mostly about achieving your dreams and being happy. It is best to follow our passion because it is a barely controllable emotion we cannot ignore. Everyone, stay true to yourself and figure out what you love to do. Always remember that money shouldn’t be our main goal, instead, we should pursue our dreams and do the best that we can to prove other people that passion never fails. Don’t let money limit your dreams. Be brave and take the courage. I believe that the only courage that one person truly needs is the courage to follow her/his dreams.
– the combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce chords having a pleasing effect.
Harmony. This is not just about music, or anything. At some point, this word could define us, our voice, and people’s joint voices to produce a better world.
We all know that slavery has been part of our world’s history, where some people are treated as if they weren’t, and they cannot speak and do whatever they wanted to do. All their lives, they suffered from their deafening silence as they are told to shut up and not to speak.
Today, the proclamation of democracy to most countries has been evident and step by step, we’re escaping the idea of “slavery” and “deafening silence”. The system has given people the opportunity to speak and voice out their opinions. Somehow, people can now expect for a better change as compared to our history, because they are allowed to open their mouth and speak, making an impact to this society… or maybe not.
The truth is, yes, we are allowed to speak and state our opinions and beliefs. We have the right to oppose or support our government, or anything. But the main question is, Do they hear us?
To suggest, is to expect an improvement.
To oppose, is to expect an explanation.
To support, is to expect gratitude.
To speak, is to expect an action.
But how can we expect all of these if in the first place, we aren’t heard at all?
They have given us the privilege to speak, but not the privilege to be heard.
Wait. Let me ask you… Why do you think they can’t hear us?
Because our opinion is worthless? No.
Because they are trying to ignore us? No.
It is because we are not loud enough.
We are not loud enough because only few are brave enough to speak. Only few are wise enough to use their privilege and make an argument. Truth be told, most of us are afraid to voice out our opinions. But think of this, how is the world supposed to know you exist if you’re not going to speak up?
Everyone, don’t be afraid. Be grateful for our privilege to speak, which the people of our history has hoped for years, and voice out your opinion. In order for us to be heard, we should do this altogether. Every voice counts. Make yours help, and LET THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE BE HEARD!
*The author of this book sent me this paperback copy in exchange for an honest review, so don’t expect anything less than that. I will always give an honest review, be it a positive one or a negative one.*
In Eastern City, metropolis of wind and rain, a deadly game is about to begin . . .
Beneath the boy’s thumb, my blood bubbled in reaction to the implant. Hot stinging moved through my flesh for a helping of seconds before subsiding. The boy felt it too, for when it was done, he removed his thumb and inspected my hand. Beneath my skin was a green glow, roughly the size of a coin.
It was done.
Their people were born with extreme lust for ours, and just as my grandfather had warned all those years ago, one of them had come for me.
I, Zillow Stone, had been marked by an unholy one.
While I digested the truth of it, the boy leaned over, placing his lips nearly to my ear, and whispered, “Run.”
I gave the book a perfect 5 stars because:
Concept- the concept is very unique and exciting to read. All the actions and everything are worth reading. The concept where there are prags and markers who are to kill each other.
Characters- Zillow Stone is my favorite, she is a tough and intelligent girl. At first, i thought there would be something cheesy between Zillow and her marker (well, let’s see) but as I turn pages, I want her to be with Theo. They are the exact opposite of each other which would really make a good love team.
Settings- Every place was dreamy for me. I could imagine if not all, at least most of them. They really fit the dystopian novel.
Cliffhanger- Oh gosh, this is the best of all! The cliffhanger made me feel so curious and made me want to read the next. Brindi Quinn did such a great job to make readers read every part of her book. Amazing and Good Job!
Overall, i really liked this book. I recommend it to almost all readers especially those who love high action books.
To the author, thank you for making this book and sending it out to me. Again, good job and hands up for you.