Rebels with a cause

Published 22/04/2014 | 05:40

THE stereotype is out there and has been for a long time that teenagers are like people from Cork; loud, rebellious and often guilty of stirring the pot!

The stereotype is out there and has been for a long time that teenagers are like people from Cork; loud, rebellious and often guilty of stirring the pot!

But why is it that we have earned this stereotype?

Why are we loud and all knowing?

It doesn't get us anywhere; or does it?

These are all great questions.

So good in fact that I thought I couldn't answer them so I decided to do the rebellious thing and get someone else to do my homework for me.

So I went to find a teacher and ask them for the answer.

I approached one of our teachers and confidently asked him, "Sir, why do us teenagers rebel?"

He looked down at me through his Specsavers's finest, scratched the edge of his receding hairline, then uttered the words: "You're old enough now to do your own homework, Mr Fallon."

I walked away from this encounter frustrated and that is the main reason why we rebels rebel.

We become so frustrated with you non-rebels for going about your normal, average day in a non-rebellious annoying way.

I'm still none the wiser as to what you non-rebels do!

I'm still dead in the middle of my rebellious stage.

In your teenage years you're given more freedom and this freedom gives us rebels the opportunity to vent some of the frustration we started to build up as a child.

One of these frustrating things is being called "young adults".

What's that about?

We either are adults or we're not, there's no middle ground.

I feel I speak for most of the rebels when I say "we are adults" as we now have seen most of it (whatever it is) and we can deal with it.

The reason that you only rebel as a teenager rather than a child is a simple one to answer.

As a child you have no freedom!

What can you do?

Your mother: "Put on a clean pair of pants, you can't wear them to school!"

In this situation there are two options available to you; wear the dirty pants to school to rebel (and be wet and dirty all day long) or do what your mother says and wear a clean pair of pants.

You see the situation that is before you as a child, there is no room to rebel here.

You will only make a fool of yourself if you rebel.

However, when you grow older there is a multitude of opportunities to rebel.

As Albert Camus once said, "Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being" (whatever that means!).

I guess I'll ask one of my teachers.

Sligo Champion

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