Some Common Problems of Youth
As my interaction with the Indian youth deepens, I notice some common problems, which need to be eradicated to make them better students, family members & workers in the society.
Lack of Focus/ Clarity to Understand Priorities in Life
This is a major problem because of which the daily life of the youth lacks energy. This issue has been analyzed in popular movies like, ‘Lakshay’ and ‘Rang De Basanti’. Parents and teachers must help the youth in this. It is the prime duty of every young adult to identify his unique mission in life. Without clarity of goals and planning life can never be energized!
Accustomed to Spoon feeding
There is little desire to exert mind & body. The youth is happy to be spoon fed. I request parents to not indulge their children so much. You are actually spoiling them. Let them genuinely value the things they get. Don’t unnecessarily send them for tuition & spend on them lavishly, while toiling yourself. If a child is stuck with a problem, let him be. This way he will develop his genuine resourcefulness & practical intelligence. Trying to live with unsolved problems is great learning!
Daily Schedule Messed Up
Simple things like getting up early, exercising regularly, sleeping for 6-8 hours are vital for a healthy life in the long run. If life style is ill disciplined there will be a host of problems as the teenager becomes an adult.
A point for some youth who succumb to this life style to abide by the ‘group norms’ of fellow students:
• Realize these stupid norms are not laid down by God, or any administrative authority.
• A stupid thing is stupid no matter who does it- E.g Sir Garfield Sobers used to take pride in late night drinking sessions prior to matches in the morning & influenced a lot many Cricketers adversely with this culture. The truth is he was lucky to be more talented than others in his era & the bowlers were probably not balling fast enough!
• We have several such stupid norms among fighter pilots, Para Commandos, etc. No proactive person should follow these!
Not Shouldering Adequate Domestic Responsibilities
Parents feel that by involving a child in domestic problems & responsibilities they would be overburdening the child. By doing so they don’t help them, but make them less responsible. A child who grows grappling with domestic problems, shouldering responsibilities with parents in family work, etc does better in his career as well! He understands the value of what he is getting, better & is more mature!
Tip for children: Don’t wait for your parents to ask you to shoulder family responsibilities. Start doing it from now. You will become a better person!