How do they do it?

October 10, 2009

This song is by a girl named Valerie: toiltpprprdctns on YouTube. It’s incredibly catchy and a good happy-dance song. 🙂

WARNING: This is going to be one of those really long and thought-provoking entries that I go off rambling quite a bit in. My English teacher last year said I should learn to centre my thoughts a bit better. So click ‘more’ if you’re really up for reading it all.

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You know, teenage celebrities and child prodigies and all those young people that run their own successful business at 14.

I know there’s the whole they-work-really-hard-and-never-stop. Or there’s the their-parents-got-them-into-it-at-a-very-young-age. Or they-just-grew-up-around-it.

But what about the age restrictions?

I cannot drive a car yet, I’m not even 15 yet, for crying out loud.

My mum says that if I get a job, then I’ll be required to get to and from there myself- she won’t drive me. Which, obviously, limits me quite a bit.

Plus, lets say I wanted to buy a place downtown to start a business in.

Don’t you need to be at least 18 or something to buy land?

And what about earning a business lisence, or filing taxes?

OR, let’s say I started a band.

More than a year ago, I begged my mum for singing lessons, and she wouldn’t give in. (That’s why I’m taking the singing course in school this year.)

And where would my band practice? Not at my place- I live in a very, very, VERY, VERY, VERY small apartment. (I’m serious- I’ve seen CLASSROOMS more than DOUBLE the size of ours in entirety! NO EXAGGERATION!!) There’s no way the superintendant would approve of a bunch of teenagers singing there brains out in my living room, let alone my mother. There’s no ‘garage’ here to practice in, either.

That also exiles the idea of my going all eBay with a business run from home. My immediate family does not approve of credit cards, either. And where would I put the stuff I’d sell? Which would probably be arts & crafts, which, although I’m extremely talented in that feild (No kidding- I beat about 199 people for my school’s ninth grade art award last year and I’m not afraid to do it again!), I’m also a perfectionist cursed with ordinary teenage laziness, so it’s very rare for me to finish stuff like that, unlike when I have to hand it in for a fraction of my grade.


I know I’m being really all-hope-is-lost and reinforcing the teenage stereotype of being lazy and blaming everyone else: that wasn’t my original intention.

My point was going to be that even though oppourtunity is often smothered, somehow it’s still possible to fufill a big dream when you’re young. I’m not sure how they do it with so many restrictions centering mostly around their age; but it’s still possibility. And if you don’t chase your dreams at all, you’ll never run into them, and you’ll never know what really could have been.

I think that many people give up to soon because of these restrictions, and by the time their old enough to get past them, they’ve lost their motivation, they’ve completely given up.

They’re stuck in a dead-end job working in a cubicle, staring at a small glowing screen all day long. And if they stay that way for very long, either it’s because they’re really motivated by the room with the view, (aka it’s not such a dead-end job) or they’re just too afraid to find something else. They’re afraid to find something worse along the road to finding something better.

I don’t ever want to loose the child-like hope and motivation in me, because I have so much I want to do in the world. I want to make history. (In a good way, obviously.) And I don’t want to let the world walk all over me. I want to walk all over the world. (I meant I want to travel around, not lead a dictatorship.) I want to help the world in any way I possibly can and I want to help anyone I can. (I think being a people-pleaser is okay, as long as the things you do and say and your intentions are all ethical, and as long as you have your backbone with you and your head is held high.) I love to make people smile, I love to make them happy.

And there is no way I would give up on that because of a few little doubts and restrictions. If I can’t make huge positive difference in the world right now, I can at least do little things every day to help out.

Everyone has a voice, and I think that everyone should get a choice.


This blog entry is way longer than I thought it would be; but I hope, if you’re still reading, you’re as empowered as I am right now. 😀

Sincerely, the bold,

Alexandra Violet.


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