Article on Joys and Responsibilities of Being Eighteen

In the year to come (if you have not already done this year) you are going to celebrant your 18th birthday. Write an article in 150-200 words on the joys and responsibilities of being eighteen. You are Navtej/Navita.

Joys and Responsibilities of Being Eighteen

by Navtej

Celebrating 18th birthday is fun but also a bit tough. It is a stage of life when we have to cope with many changes in our life. The most important thing about being eighteen is the responsibilities that come with it.

We are given a little more freedom yet, we are considered young. Our mind starts forming opinions, which we are not considered old enough to express and it is confusing for us. We start our journey towards adulthood and encounter some new experiences. In these years of our life, we discover ourselves as new opportunities, come our way. We are given new duties and responsibilities. We have lesser responsibilities as compared to our elders, but we are definitely responsible for our actions. This can sometimes work to our disadvantage. In this phase of our life we are always willing to try out new things and in some of these we may falter. Many girls and boys get addicted to drugs and alcohol at this age either because they are influenced or due to peer pressure. At such times, the responsible thing to do would be to say ‘no’ to any kind of pressure.

One of the joys of being eighteen years old is that we acquire driving license and hence drive. This gives us a sense of independence. Young adults often engage in drinking and driving which lead to accidents and loss of life. Someone who considers oneself an adult at the age of eighteen mustn’t act so irresponsibly. Another major joy is the fact that we can vote at eighteen. However many eighteen year olds choose not to cast their votes because they aren’t happy with the government or feel too obligated. Being responsible citizens of the country, the youth must feel accountable towards choosing leaders.

There is definitely a pressure even while we have loads of fun. We can rationalise every crazy thing we do by stating the fact that we are still teenagers. So, being eighteen is, at times, stressful. But it is an existing stage of one’s life. It is not a bed of roses and neither a bed of thorns. Therefore, one must enjoy this short yet eventful phase of one’s life.

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