A Different Perspective

People have always stereotyped each other. It’s not a particularly kind thing to do or an accurate way to measure an individual, but unfortunately it happens a lot.
The specific stereotype that has been bothering me recently is the doom and gloom outlook on the lives of all teenagers. Many find teenagers to be rude, unintelligent, unable to communicate well, and altogether well below the standards of previous generations. Personally, I am strongly against this stereotype.
My views are, as usual, rather strongly biased as I am a teenager myself, but I will state my thoughts anyways: I myself do not have a phone. I do not speak using texting terminology nor do I ever wish to. I love to write and read, and I take pleasure in overcoming challenges and difficulties. I am self-motivated and determined to do my best in everything I strive to accomplish even if I fail time and time again. I do not vandalize walls in my free time or anything else that falls into the same illegal sort of category. Basically, I feel that when I compare my activities with stereotypical teenage activities, I have found time and time again that they rarely match up.
The thing is, I’m not the only one who goes against the stereotypes. Most of my friends are nothing like your average teenager. They are smart, reasonable, and all around incredible people. I’ll admit, every now and then I’ll come across someone my age, and think they fit some of the stereotypes perfectly, but that is less common than most people expect.
One of the reasons I love cross-country and track meets so much is because I get to meet new people. Usually, I hate meeting strangers, but the runners I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know are unquestionably amazing. It doesn’t matter what kind of school they go to or how big their community is because almost everyone I’ve ever met at a meet has been fantastic.
I’m not saying that the stereotypes can’t be true. I’m just here to point out that, for the most part, teenagers do not fit into categories as well as most might believe.
“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.” —A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens