30 Nov 2017 06:11am IST
For many of us, age only makes us as old as we wish to feel. We seek opportune moments to lament the misfortunes and regret the tasks that could be achieved at particular phases in our existence. Working in an educational setup enables me to replenish my zest for life and yonder into uncharted zones. Each day brings with it a new set of experiences and pushes me to my limits. Right from handling frivolous explanations for gross misconduct to unravelling hidden truths. Children of this millennium expose themselves in unprecedented avatars. They are the reckless kinds and are daring enough to take on new and challenging experiences. But it is disparaging to see when they are turned into scapegoats by various stratas in society.
As parents, educators and role models, it's our bounden duty to become beacons of hope and mediators. A child's formative years are nurtured by exemplary living. While parents are busily scourging for their wages, the progeny at times, succumb to neglect and seek consolation in their peers and gadgets. Notwithstanding their urge for independence, they fail to recognise the need to approach their parents and rather seek them as money lending machines. Children coming from fragile homes, struggle to meet the expectations and demands placed by society on them.
In a bid to accomplish the task at hand, we place further pressure on them which leaves them in a tight spot and makes them respond with an aggressive approach. If home cannot provide stability to a child then at least let our schools and other child friendly centres be a safe haven for them so that they can channelise their energy respectively and grasp the complexities of life by analysing the situation at hand. We are raising a breed of adolescents that respond instantaneously to the pop culture frenzy as opposed to tranquil settings. This in turn resonates deeply in their social and behavioural skills. They become insecure and emotionally stunted and thus respond with violence and hostility when reprimanded.
As they are busy growing up, we are happily busy growing old enriched with experiences of a life time. Being surrounded by them, gives me an impetus to take on new tasks with a child like enthusiasm and curiosity. But at times the opinions about ourselves held by others can weigh us down. It's intriguing when they adhere to our beliefs but we still doubt our abilities. They seek reasonable answers to the very questions that are rhetorical in nature and leave us dumb founded. They sustain and replenish our energy levels in myriad ways. Just when you thought that you could dominate their thoughts, you are forced to surrender to your humble intuitions and accept role play reversals. They have no inhibitions whatsoever.