June twelve is still months away, I know. Yet I want to discuss some matters regarding freedom and independence. Well, at least on one side of it. After all, I am more concerned on expressing my perception on things rather on talking a very cerebral one. What I am trying to say is that allow me to speak to the deepest of my thoughts in my very words. I know I am not capable to talk on this very sensitive issue. I am not even someone worthy and righteous to even tackle this topic. I admit I am a no man in this sense. Of what reasons that drive me to write regarding this notion I don’t know. All I have in mind is to discuss my perception on these things.
Let me clear my point though. As far as I am concern, I want to focus on the freedom and independence the youth now is involved. Let me speak to my fellow youth, then.
Our parents love us so dearly that they do everything in whatever ways they could just for our own good. They want us to live in our very comfortable ways amidst all the fickleness in life. Because they trust us, they gave us authority to whatever decisions we make. They share with us our joys if we make these decisions productive. If not even so, they are still willing to help us in however they can. They are even eager to carry all the burdens we experience, yet for our own cause. In other words, they gave us our freedom – to choose how to live life, to live life to the fullest.
But sometimes, we fail to recognize our parents’ intentions brought by the kind of freedom they grant to us. At times, we become abusive to this liberty we have. How can I tell? Let us be aware on the issues around. See what’s happening to the youth. We are too involved on malefic crimes and unwonted concerns – issues on drug addiction, pre-marital sex, teenage pregnancy, vices, and deception. These are some of the many clear manifestations of our irresponsibility. We thought we could handle these at our own risks. But is that what is happening? I don’t think so…
A factor, however, that influences us to committing to these fruits of freedom is our exposure to the media. It cannot be denied that we have been so attached to the many possibilities of acquiring and learning these demoralizing acts.
Peer pressure could also be one. Often times, we do atypical things for our companions because we want to please them even up to risking our whole self, without realizing the possible effects it may cause us. But haven’t we realized that no matter what we do, in whatever decisions we make, may it be influenced by peers or not, we still hold liable for ourselves?
Why then we bait ourselves to the battle grounds of these fruits of freedom that bring-no-good to us? Why then we allow these disdainful things to affect and influence us to happen to us?
Let us not allow ourselves to be victims of these irreverent transgressions. We must use our liberty over things, as entrusted to us by our elders, for our welfare – to become productive, to become responsible youth. We should perceive freedom and independence commended to us by our parents as our strength to achieve our endeavors in life. After all, we don’t want to fail the expectations of our forefathers. I still believe in Rizal: the youth are the hope pf tomorrow.