I Don’t Think the Real World is “Out There”

If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time, you would know that one of my pet peeves is people placing this invisible wall between the young ‘uns and the adoolts. I don’t like it when teenagers will laugh at an older person trying to navigate his/her way into social media. I mean, come on, leave the old chap alone.

(I mean have you seen Grandpa Chanjae’s Instagram account?? That is absolute pureness, that is. And the story behind it is so heartwarming, I guarantee you.)

Real World is not Out There | Why I think the real world is not “out there.”

At the same time, and this is what I want to focus on this post, I don’t like it when older people are like, “Eh, you’re still a kid. You don’t know what you’re talking about” or “You haven’t been in this world as long as I have. Trust me, I know what I’m doing.”

Um. Excusez moi? (Channeling my inner Sharpay here haha)

Just because someone has only been around in this world for less than two decades, doesn’t mean you should dismiss the things that person has gone through so far.

There’s this phrase that a lot of adults like to wave on the face of youths that recently gives me mental itch: “the real world out there.”

For example:
“You need to be ready for the real world out there.”
“You can’t do this or that in the real world out there.”
“You still are not ready for the real world out there.”
“The real world out there does not work that way.”

I beg your pardon but I didn’t realize we live in some youth world until we’re twenty-somethings. Is it because the “real world out there” is some kind of game exclusively for ages 23 and above?

You may think, “Well Kate, they meant that youths are usually wrapped in a figurative bubble keeping them innocent and ignorant. And that the real world out there is worse and harsh.”

Bullcrap. Reality is cruel to everyone. The world is harsh, period. We all have bubbles that try to protect us from these. There is no “out there.”

The real world is not “out there.”

I am living in the real world. The experiences I have, the obstacles I have gone through, and the lessons I’ve learned are not irrelevant to this journey called my life.

And so do you.

It’s right where you are. It’s where you experience the hardships and the smiles and the fulfillment and the work. Whether you’re working on a study desk doing your math homework, or on a cubicle typing a report, or on a rickety old table answering crosswords puzzle, the real world is right here.

Do not dismiss what anyone else has gone through and say things like, “That’s nothing. I’ve experienced worse” or “You haven’t seen what I have.”

Because no. We’re all different people, experiencing things in varying degrees. And in one way or another, those experiences impacted us and we learned something from them.

That, in itself, should mean something. 🙂

Have an inspired day, awesome peeps! <3

5 Replies to “I Don’t Think the Real World is “Out There””

  1. This is an issue we all grapple with. Thank you Steph tell them

  2. Gosh, I hate it when people dismiss my thoughts JUST BECAUSE I’M NOT AN ADULT. LIKE GOSH, seriously, if someone in their 20’s said what I said people would listen. BUT NO ONE LISTENS TO ME, and no-one thinks that I’ve dealt with things?

  3. SO TRUE. We are all living in the real world. You say we are facing “less” hardships — but we’re facing as many hardships as you, just different ones. Sure, as you grow older you may gain some wisdom, but just because I’m young doesn’t my thoughts and opinions are invalid. To think about it, this is another form of discrimination, just not as serious. XD

  4. This was wonderfully relieving, thank you for this!! Glad to know someone else understands!

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