A typical teenager in India faces a lot more dilemmas in life than anyone else. While it is entirely normal in countries like U.S. to leave your parents’ house after a certain period, Indians don’t think the same way. The ‘Indian values’ are far different from any other country.
If an Indian teenager plans to leave his parents’ house, it is considered nothing less of blasphemous. Instead of getting encouraged to do so, he is made to hear few of the worst things in life.
“Why do you want to leave your old parents alone?”
“How will they live alone?”
“Why are you so selfish?”
The teenager who has his whole life ahead of him starts to think if he’s taking a wrong decision. One moment, he had planned to start a new life and become independent. Another moment, he thinks if it would be too selfish to leave his parents and live in another house. Oh, the teenager’s dilemma!
He’s supposed to make a decision. A decision that would impact his entire life ahead. Should he take that course in another state which would give him umpteen opportunities or should he stay back and take care of his old parents? The amount of conflict a 19-year olds face is enormous.
Then, come the stories. Stories that are filled with tears and exasperations. An emotional parent asking his son or daughter to change his decision indirectly through other people’s stories. The teenager can do nothing but laugh on the ludicrousness of the situation and his defencelessness.
However, I am not saying that the youth does not care about his parents. He loves them; he adores them. But, the fact that his life depends on that decision, makes him wonder what’s more important.
Moreover, today’s teenager wants to fly. He does not want to be caged. Most of the times, living with his parents stops him from doing things that he wishes to do. I, myself know a dozen people who look at me and say, you don’t live with your parents; you must have a happy life. I don’t completely agree with them; however, it’s true to some extent.
I don’t know what’s politically correct or incorrect; however, if you suppress your dreams to fulfil someone’s else’s dreams, I believe you are doing wrong. Doing what your heart tells you to do, and not doing what your parents want you to do, doesn’t make you wrong, it only makes you, human!