Royally Outraged – Dictating

Royally Outraged - Dictating

There are some things in life that really grind my gears and I find myself venting my frustrations on Twitter. Unfortunately 140 characters isn’t enough for me to truly rage and give details of my annoyance. I thought I would start a humorous (well I’ll try and make it funny) blog series where I vent about what has annoyed me that particular week. I don’t normally go a single day without some sort of frustration with something so this could be good for my zen, a kind of anger management possibly. I’ve come up with the title ‘Royally Outraged’ for the series as it’s a bit tongue in cheek. Some topics may be serious and others will be light hearted.

Dictating to Youngsters

The main thing that has been infuriating me this week is the way that some adults try and sway the minds of youngsters when it comes to making decisions for their future. My opinion is that you can give someone all the wisdom in the world but the path they choose should be a choice they make and not one dictated to them. If you really truly cared about that individual you would give them all the guidance you can in assisting them with their choice but not making the choice for them.

It’s that time in the academic year when students need to choose their options. This I feel is a decision they need to make based on what they enjoy and what they want to do as a career in the future. Sit down and discuss options with them but when it comes to someone telling them they cannot do a certain subject and when that person is certainly not that youngsters parent then to me that is overstepping the boundaries. 

We all made mistakes in our younger years and I’m sure we still have plenty of mistakes to make, but by making these mistakes we can learn as a person and grow as an individual. If I did everything my parents had told me to do or not to do I probably wouldn’t be where I am today. Although to be fair to my parents they have never ever forced decisions upon me and have left me to make my own choices which they have always stood by me for. 

I’d love to know if this has happened to you as a youngster or if you are going through a situation now where someone is trying to dictate a life decision for you. 

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  1. February 28, 2016 / 9:13 am

    When I got my A Level results I told my French teacher that I'd got a job in an accountancy firm and that I'd decided not to go to uni. She had a go at me that it was such a silly thing to waste my talent by not going to uni. Well it's now 13 years on and I'm still at that accountancy firm with two excellent qualifications behind me and no student debt. To me, I used my talents in the best way for me and I think it turned out pretty well.

    So I agree with you, anyone can give their opinion but dictating is a big no. What others may think is a mistake might be the best thing for you x

  2. February 28, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    My litter brother has recently made his option choices for his GCSE's – Personally I think it's such a young age to decide your future, I'm 20 years old and in my second year of uni and I've realised that there course I'm studying isn't actually the career path I'd like, I was pushed to do my A-levels and get into university, it wasn't really a choice, and now I wish I'd taken a gap year to have a bit of realisation about what I wanted to do!


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