"When I was little my opinions and morals were spoon fed to me. I was told what I should believe about politics, church, and the world overall. I got to high school thinking I would be given my own say, but I wasn't. I was still being told how to dress, how I could wear my hair, what to believe, and what relationships were most appropriate to have. I was expected to blindly follow all the rules that had been created for me until I graduated.
As I concluded my high school experience, I was suddenly responsible for choosing my future career, deciding if I agree with the ideas of the Adventist church, and creating my own opinions on politics and world issues. Yet everyone is still chiming in. As a young adult, I am judged for everything I do. I am immediately labeled 'one of those stupid millennials,' which apparently makes my opinions and beliefs invalid. While it is a common trend throughout history that the middle-aged and older community think younger adults are irresponsible and hopeless, social media has made their disapproval more obvious than ever. Especially with the variety of controversial topics being discussed in the world, millennials are taking huge risks in society by supporting things like LGBTQ+ equality. While I am proud of who I am now, what I stand for, and what I believe in, the scariest part of growing up is not knowing if I will still be happy in the future with the choices I am making right now."