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10 Things Young People Can Do That Old People Wish They Could

10 Things Young People Can Do That Old People Wish They Could

It’s been said that age is nothing but a number. However, anyone over a certain age who has tried to rock a pair of ripped denim shorts or show up with their girl squad at a Taylor Swift concert has probably learned why that’s not always true.

The older generation has become fascinated with the trends that today’s younger crowd is wrapped up in. In fact, trends are actually growing from the bottom up as far as age is concerned. Today’s biggest stars, artists and influencers are getting younger and younger by the minute. Any adult will tell you that they’re feeling a little envious of the freedom and unapologetic attitude today’s young movers and shakers seem to enjoy. Need proof?

Let’s look at the 10 things young people can do that older people wish they could.

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1. Become the Next American Idol

A timeless voice doesn’t translate to an ageless voice when it comes to America’s top talent show. It turns out celebrity judges aren’t concerned with hearing from talented people who have been on the planet for more than a quarter of a century. You must be under the age of 24 if you want to audition in front of the judges to become a superstar on “American Idol.”

2. Become Miss America

Your pageant dreams are about to get dashed if you’re older than 24. It turns out that ladies must be between the ages of 17 and 24 in order to qualify to take to the stage in pursuit of the crown.

3. Join the Armed Forces

Older adults don’t have a lot of options to serve if they are struck with a sense of patriotism later in life. The maximum age for Army recruits is 35. The Navy won’t consider anyone over the age of 34. Of course, older adults are really out of luck if they dream of being in the Marines. The elite division caps the recruitment age at a mere 28.

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4. Learn Technology

When it comes to learning how to use the latest gadgets and apps, study after study has shown that people under 30 are as fast as lightning when compared to older adults. This can be frustrating for older adults who struggle with understanding how to update a Facebook post or upload a photo to Instagram. Growing up with technology at their fingertips since birth has given today’s young adults an edge when it comes to keeping up with technology at home and in the workplace.

5. Rock a Chained Swimsuit Harness

Leave it to one of the Jenner sisters to prove that style definitely comes with some age restrictions. Kylie Jenner recently channeled vintage Princess Leia by rocking a chained swimsuit harness at the beach. Of course, girls everywhere were rushing to get their hands on one of their own. Sensible fashionistas over the legal drinking age could only roll their eyes at this impractical look. This is one popular beach trend that anyone over the age of 21 will have a hard time pulling off without feeling a tiny bit foolish.

6. Define the Art Scene

Pablo Picasso was just 13 when he entered the Barcelona’s School of Fine Arts and started churning out some of the most iconic paintings in all of history. If you haven’t picked up a paintbrush by the time you’ve reached the voting age, there’s a good chance you might never become the darling of the art scene. Many of today’s biggest art exhibitions actually close off entry to artists over the age of 30. For example, A British publication hosted an exhibition that invited 40 young artists between the ages of 18 and 30 to create and show works that demonstrated the response of today’s youth to the idea that multiculturalism is dead. Anyone older just wasn’t allowed to participate.

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7. Engage in Texting Drama

Staying up all night in bed shooting off texts to friends or a sweetheart is something that all young people do these days. In fact, the drama doesn’t even begin to heat up until it’s time to turn on Jimmy Fallon. Of course, staying up late just to spit out argument-laden texts all night is something that older people simply don’t have the luxury of doing. Responsibilities like getting the kids to school, getting to morning meetings or catching a train make it essential to put the texting drama to bed when it’s time to actually go to bed.

8. Date College Students

Once you’re out of your 20s, dating someone who is still in college will turn some heads. While there is certainly nothing illegal or immoral about dating a student once you’ve entered your third decade on the planet, it will draw a lot of opinions from friends and family. If you want to avoid drama, the basic rule is to avoid dating someone if you are technically old enough to be their parent.

9. Use Dating Apps for Free

Maturity comes with a price tag in the world of dating apps. Many popular apps actually charge a higher fee to users over a certain age. For instance Tinder charges a monthly fee of $19.99 if you’re over the age of 30. That’s nearly double the cost charged to younger users.

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10. Be an MTV Reality Star

“The Real World” became a television show that defined a generation after it debuted in 1992. While the cast members of each season deal with some very mature subject matter in the house, none of them are actually that mature in age. You must be under the age of 25 to send in an audition tape for the show.

Featured photo credit: The U.S. Army via flickr.com

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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