I never act my age, acting your age is for others that would like to party and smoke all day long whom I unfortunately have to interact with on a near daily basis. Now I will tell you a story of what I think “Acting your age” is about.
“Society” wants us to conform to a certain figure, and society, as in normal people thinks otherwise. We are often blamed for all that others do, and by we I mean the superior teenagers. One day after school Patrick, Tyler, Ian and I walked into the convenience store before heading to Patrick’s house for the evening. As we walked in we were greeted in the “usual” way, the look most store workers give a bunch of teenagers when the walk in. The dark sneer and deep, heavy breath that greets all teenagers. As we shopped around for our various snacks I was approached by a mid forties man. He said, “Go put your backpack by the counter”. Why, because I have to live with the stereotype that teen age kids always and I mean always steal every time they walk into a store? First off I was carrying over 2000 dollars of electronics in that backpack, which is most likely worth more that the cash on hand and all the merchandise in the store. Why would I steal anything from this store? That’s what I wish I had said. I willingly placed my backpack near the front counter and continued on my way.
Every single day I have to live with a stereotype weighing on my shoulders because of teenagers that “act their age”. Honestly every time I see a group of people “acting their age” they are obnoxious and smell like cigarettes and more often then not alcohol. We live in the YOLO generation of idiots and drunkards. If this is what “acting your age” is about, I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.