Age is just a number


Illustration by Holly Damman / Times-News correspondent

In one of the recent Teens & Twenties meetings at the Times-News, a writer mentioned “age is just a number” and maturity level doesn’t always reflect one’s age. Here’s what a few writers had to say on that subject:
   Age is just a number in today’s world. Age is ignored in the current “style” of today, I mean you see elementary school girls wearing the same clothes as high school girls. What ever happened to play-clothes? The youth of children and adolescents is also being compromised by being forced to handle adult situations, consequently growing up without ever being a “child.”

Christian Hornaday, junior at Southern Alamance High School

   I think that people should act their age. There are certain things I believe younger people should not do that older people can. There are certain decisions you should not make until you are older.

Michaela King, sophomore home-schooler

    I feel that age is not just a number; I think that they have laws from keeping young people from getting hurt for good reasons.

 Matt Herter, sophomore home-schooler

   I feel like age is just a number, and maturity is something completely different. There can be a 15 year old who has the maturity of a 19 year old, and an 18 year old with the maturity of a 10 year old. I feel that people need to learn to act their age, so there won’t be so many immature adults in the world. -Tawny Metcalf

Tawny Metcalf, junior at Western Alamance High School

    While your age can be an indication of your maturity and experience, this mere number cannot hold you back. There are many elderly people who remain youthful and keep their zest for life. Oppositely, there are many young people who enjoy knitting or baking, activities stereotypically labeled as “grandmotherly.” Your age does not dictate what you can spend your time doing, nor is it a true measurement of your personality.

                                                     Kendall Wiggins, junior at Western Alamance High School

   Teenagers are capable of doing a lot of things adults can do. Although, like everyone else, we have to prepare for certain things and get experience but I think we can do whatever we’re determined to do. Sometimes adult jobs can be done even better when teenagers help out. And it can be the other way around. We can all do anything and everything as long as we have the confidence, the drive, positive attitude, and good people to back us up.

 Jessica Page, home-school graduate

   While it’s true teens may not have the life experience adults have, I still feel like we get labeled and stereotyped simply because of age. Admittedly, some teenagers do not have the same maturity level as others but that’s true of humans in general.
   Who is to say that, simply because of age, a 21-one year old who goes out and drinks all night and whose parents pay for everything is more responsible than the 16-year-old with a job who pays insurance? While I understand teenagers can’t truly provide for themselves for reasons such as lack of further education and income, I still believe in many cases that age is just a number. Unfortunately, in many cases, said number limits the significance of our opinions and our presence in society.

 Kaitlin Gillespie, junior at Western Alamance High School

   Age to me has always been just the number. Like many things in our lives, we pay too much attention to age and let it govern our lives in more ways than absolutely necessary. In terms of being a teenager, I believe that teens are just as capable of doing things like adults.
   For example, we have an age in which it is legal for adults to drink because our bodies will be able to react more efficiently to alcohol. Exposing a teenager to things like this is physically more challenging and detrimental to our health with this said, in terms of making adult decisions I think teenagers can definitely step up to the plate when the situation calls for it. I believe teenagers are capable of thinking critically, being responsible and being socially, politically, environmentally and economically aware and oftentimes not enough credit is given to abilities and strengths of teenagers.
  Age is beneficial for setting boundaries such as when teenager should be allowed to vote, drive or even smoke or buy products on the phone. In this sense, age is more than just the number because oftentimes it correlates how well teens are able to make logical decisions and how well our bodies react to the environments we expose them to.
  Even still, I strongly believe that age is just a number and cannot be used to govern every aspect of our lives. Teenagers should not feel discouraged from doing things within reason solely because of age. Teenagers are capable of great things and oftentimes allow for a fresher perspective and innovative way of experiencing the world and bringing about change. Although age is important to keep mind, it is still just a number and should never undermine the capabilities of teenagers.

 Ngozika Nwoko, sophomore at Alamance Community College



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