Being a teenager in 2017

Before I get into this one, I would just like to say that I hope everyone got the grades that they wanted today on their A level results day. If you didn’t get what you hoped for then please there are still many things that you can do to maybe improve those grades or take an alternative route that could be just as beneficial in the end.

 

“You lot have it easy these days”

That’s what the adults of our generation repeatedly say to us as we silently build up frustration within ourselves.

Our teenagers don’t have it as easy as you may think. Yes, we might get more pocket money, have better gadgets and get more holidays abroad. But maybe, just maybe it isn’t all that simple.

With the rise of social media and the use of apps like Instagram and Snapchat, young people feel more pressured to fit in with others. Feeling like they have to wear the same clothes, makeup and have that perfect ‘summer body’. We have role models like Kim Kardashian along with the latest stars from Love Island. Boys feel like they have to go the gym and girls, have to get the new Kylie Jenner lip kit. And if you don’t have an Instagram account then… well that’s another matter within itself. Our peers and role models undeniably cause teenagers to feel less worthy. It’s almost like life is becoming a competition of materialism.

When it comes to academics, teenagers are pushed to excel in ways that only a few did 30 years ago. With the expectation of good GCSE grades leading onto A levels and university further down the line, young people have to constantly worry about their futures at an incredibly young age. University was virtually unheard of in working class backgrounds but now it’s becoming the ‘standard’. It often makes me wonder if all of this pressure is doing us any good?

A thing that teenagers find frustrating is that we are often expected to be ‘adult like’. We’re encouraged to taker responsibility for things despite being treated like children. Confusing. A lot of the time when speaking to adults, you’re made to think that your opinions aren’t valid simply because of your age despite you having more/better qualifications than them. Yes, life experiences teach you a lot but allowing teenagers to form their own opinions on things won’t cause any harm.

Teenagers often understand the struggles that adults had as teenagers. I think that teenagers would like adults to understand theirs too. At the end of the day, disregarding problems won’t solve anything.

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Are our REAL sporting legends getting paid what they deserve?

You might have heard in recent sporting news that the Brazilian, Barcelona football player, Neymar recently got signed to transfer to PSG for a £198 million deal. Yes, £198 million. The guy is earning £3,200 an hour. Madness.

I don't know too much about football or any other sport for that matter apart from athletics. However, I have a clear understand that footballers are earning way too much money. You could argue that football is the sport that 'dominates' the world and that is clear, but £198 million is a lot of money. We have Olympians globally struggling to get any sort of funding or sponsorship and it really doesn't make sense.

Maybe the problem lies at the beginning. From my own experience at school, football and rugby were the sports that teachers would push us to do. Athletics was almost unheard of. This creates an ongoing problem as without new top quality athletes coming through the generations, athletics as a sport will risk having the funding opportunities it needs to essentially survive. The less British athletes we have excelling in the sport, the less people will want to watch the sport on TV as well buy tickets to attend competitions such as the British Championships.

As an athlete myself, it angers me that I never properly got the chance to do the sport that I wanted to in school. I'm sure that athletes across the country would agree that we don't get the recognition for our national/international achievements from teachers and other students.

Usain Bolt gets paid around £1.7m purely from race wins and £23.2m from endorsements. Does he need all of that money? Possible not. But let's not forget that Bolt is the world record holder over the 100m and 200m. A legend, the fastest man of all time is getting paid nothing compared to the top paid football players.

Going back to football, we also have the women's England team qualifying for the European 2017 championships which is astounding. However, I'm certain that they won't be getting the money that that they perhaps deserve for it. We hear about everyone wanting women to achieve in football (and many other mainstream sports) but without the funding, there's only so much that they can do.

We need to recognise that there is a problem with funding across many sports globally. So many sporting legends are missing out on opportunities that they shouldn't have to miss out on. I'm assured that Neymar is an amazing football player but maybe managers need to reconsider how much money a player is really worth. £3,200 an hour is something that I struggle to comprehend.