Youth Issues – The Challenges At The Adolescence Stage (Part 1 of 2)

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Youth is an exciting and stressful stage in one’s life, a stage where one is moving from childhood to adulthood so it is this period in between.


This stage is called adolescence. There are a lot of changes that will be happening physically and emotionally within our youth’s bodies.

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Many developments and transitions from childhood to adolescence create a chain of mood-swings within them because the experiences and hormonal changes are a new thing to their anatomy.

This stage is both exciting and stressful to both sexes in that they are all trying to adjust to a lot of issues surrounding them, battling with pimples on the face to their newly hairy skin. Many succumb to peer pressure as well as wild behaviour during this period because something within them tells them that they are not children anymore.

Most of them think at this stage they are now old enough to make their own decisions and don’t need to be told what to do by anyone. This behaviour is predominant in male children because of the secretion of the testosterone hormone.

Adolescence stage is to some extent very dangerous because it is at this stage that we can either lose or win a youth. During this stage some children contract STIs even HIV diseases through experimenting in this new world, some children get unwanted pregnancies, start on drugs, and some are just rude whilst some do all sorts of nasty things.

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Most of the drug addicts we have in society if we are to ask them they will tell you it all started at their youth stage and up to now they struggle with a habit they picked up growing up.

The youth stage is a foundation to one’s life. Be it academic destiny, sporting disciplines, and potential in various acumen is usually identified during this stage. It is a defining stage of life so to say.

Many destinies that be today, whether of noble men and women and those who are ordinary in society have been designed during such a stage.

It is a launching pad of either greatness or doom. The choices that affect people years to come on their lives have been made while they were youths.

The way they chose to study their academics, the times they chose to train in their sporting discipline, the amount of practice invested in one’s art as draughtsman et cetera now determines who they have become.

The Lionel Messi and the Neil Armstrong are present in every generation but what determines how far their impact go is the chain of choices, decisions and habits they made and developed at a certain early stage in life.

Most children are born with gifts but the prince of this world, the devil, cunningly deceives them to pick up the wrong things that quench their light and gifts during the adolescent stage. It’s either a very promising youth athlete would be made to pick up marijuana and become an addict until they amount to a beggar on the streets.

Tapiwa Zuze

Accredited to: FGK: Life Issues (Sunday Mail: 14 April 2019)

Adopted and edited by Tapiwa Zuze
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