YOUNG VOICES: With parents' help, teens learn value of freedom

2013-07-01T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: With parents' help, teens learn value of freedomBy Alex Miskus nwitimes.com
July 01, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Being employed at a firework place, I am surrounded by the concept of freedom. Maybe it is because of the same patriotic CD set on repeat or the fact that the place bleeds red, white and blue.

Growing up, we all learn the lesson of being told "no" by an adult figure. We can cry and throw a tantrum, but if the adult does not think we are cute enough, the answer will still be no.

Then as we grow into our teens we learn the trick of persuading our parents into attaining what we desire. We discover a word called compromising, which seems to be the key to some of our freedoms. We learn the ways of our parents in hope of always being told “yes” instead of “no."

We want freedom. We want the ability to drive by ourselves, to stay out until the sun rises and to ultimately be trusted by our parents. Sometimes we want to escape our household so badly that when our parents say "no," it seems like our lives crumble.

The teenage years are when we are trusted the most with car keys and are put into adult situations that could seriously alter our lives. To us, a party or seeing a certain somebody is the world to us. If we get that magical word, “no," then we argue and bicker because we feel as if we have been stripped of our freedoms.

What we fail to realize is what seems safe to us does not seem that way to our parents. They limit our freedom to protect us. But freedom at the same time allows everyone to make mistakes learning our own personal limits.

We assume freedom is a right, but in many countries, freedom translates into limitations. As Americans, we should appreciate the freedoms we take for granted, such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Independence Day is our day to come together as one nation to be thankful for the freedoms we have as a U.S. citizen.

The nation sets aside only one day to celebrate what the United States has to offer, yet we should remind ourselves of these freedoms every day.

Teens are forced to learn the rights and wrongs that come with personal freedom. There are times we resist the rules of adults to do things our own way, but with time we will value our freedom. Freedom will open the world to us, teaching us the most valuable lessons no adult can show us.

Alex Miskus, of Dyer, is 2013 graduate of Lake Central High School. The opinions are the writer's.

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