DUTIES AS AN ADOLESCENT
With each passing day, you are faced with a variety of tasks that you must fulfill. There are so many assignments to do in school. Lots of work in one’s own home. You have obligations to your church and community. Your friends are looking for time and attention. Perhaps at times when you’re already feeling tired, you’re already asking yourself how you do your body. But one line of the song says, “That’s really how life is …”. Have you ever tried to compare yourself to a boy selling jasmine at church after he went to school? Have you ever tried talking to a teenager lifting heavy sacks of vegetables at Divisoria at night? Have you ever put yourself in the position of a teenager on the street; carrying baby siblings and knocking on car windows to ask for money or food? It’s harder isn’t it? But most of them do not complain and accept it as their obligation to their family. Many people tell you that you are no longer young. As your age increases your duties also increase. Are you aware of your various roles? Let this documentation help you.
1. The Duty to Self . The duty must always begin with the self. It is difficult to transfer responsibility to another person if it is not first applied to oneself. As a teenager, there are things you must pay attention to in order to say you have truly fulfilled your duty to yourself.
a. Dealing with and Properly Managing Changes in Adolescence/Adolescence.During adolescence/adolescence, a teenager faces various changes. They were studied in the previous lesson. Don’t let your self -confidence go down. Instead, use this opportunity to enrich yourself. You have to start right. Herein lies the success of dealing with the later stages of your life. It will also help you to be happy in your life.
b. Development of Talent and Ability and Proper Use of Them.You are a work of God. You are blessed with talents and abilities that you can use and develop. If it is not used and developed, not only you but also society will lose the opportunity to benefit. It will lose the possibility of sharing a skill that could have been of valuable use to everyone. It is just like a book that has not been fulfilled to be written. Even inventions could have made human life easier
but not brought to life. Join your family and school in developing your talents and abilities. It is one of the important parts in developing yourself and in your understanding of the reason for
c. Meaningful Use of Interests.There is a saying in English, “Do what you love and you will love what you do”. But it’s not enough that you’re
doing what you want, you need to make sure you’re doing it meaningfully. There are so many teenagers out there who are good at using computers. But do you think it is right for them to spend their time in front of the computer and play games instead of studying? Why not just nurture your passions and use them to prepare yourself for a course you want in college? Or did you help the school to teach your fellow students who don’t know how to use a computer? You will find that money cannot buy what you can get in return from it. You have even enriched your passion.
2. The Role as a Child.
You are no longer a child. But that doesn’t mean you can isolate yourself from your family. Your family remains the biggest
influence in your life. You are old enough to be involved with your family and at home. It all starts small. Don’t force yourself to do something you can’t really do. You can’t yet afford to work to earn and help them. It is more important to them that you study to graduate. But you can still help by being careful with your spending. The little pocket money you save on a daily basis will be large when accumulated throughout the week or maybe throughout the month. You may not be able to clean the whole house
but you can keep your own room clean and tidy. It is acceptable that the decision cannot be left to you at home. But you can share your perspective and thoughts, listen to the thoughts of others to collectively come to a decision.
It is also important that you understand the value of building a good relationship with your parents. This is the stage of having frequent misunderstandings between you and your parent. Always remember that they were also teenagers once. They go through your trails. Now they have a different perspective as parents. They have been enriched by their experiences. They have the broadest understanding for you. If they say or ask for a lot, it is because they think it will be in your best interests. They have no other desire but to make you ready for the opportunity that you will be the breadwinner of the family and face the challenges of life in the world of the elderly. It is your duty to love, respect and trust them.
But if there are times when the parent sees something different than expected, it is important to think carefully about what needs to be done.
3. The Duty as a Brother .
At home for you “dogs and cats”. This is what your parents always say when you are always fighting with your siblings. But the brother who is always your enemy at home, you are ready to fight when other people oppress you. It may not be called normal but a larger percentage of siblings in the home go through a period of frequent arguments and quarrels. It’s only natural that bad feelings will develop in between
you brothers and sisters. All you have to do is not let it linger and accumulate until it grows. Jealousy over feeling that your mother prefers your older brother should not lead to your jealousy of him. It can be annoying if you let it go. It is difficult when you are distant from each other. Strive to enjoy the time with them. The hospitality of your brothers will help you learn to deal properly with your neighbor. 4. The Role as a Student. You are now in high school. In the larger “world”. You have more work to do and you have learned a lot from the things you do. With each task you complete, additional experience and lessons you will accumulate.
It increases the meaning of your life. How much do you value learning? You can find out by answering the following questions.
a. How much time and effort do I devote to study?
b. How will I use my talents and learning abilities?
c. How can I use all my abilities?
d. What school activities do I enjoy participating in?
e. How do I support Student Government?
f. How can I honor my school?
g. What do I expect now high school?
Your answer to these questions will tell you how far you will come in your studies. How much can you get because of it. The farther you go, the better. The more good fruit, the better. High school is the most dynamic stage in your life. Here you can test your skills. It depends on what you get in the future. Look to the distant future but do all
you can now. Use the following as a guide:
a. Study hard. Developing good study habits will help you hone your skills and unleash your potential. It’s not just for
yourself, but also for the school.
b. Have a strong desire to learn. You study to learn. They say you’re not in school just for lunch every day. Your intense desire to learn will help
your mind to function properly. Nothing is difficult with someone who perseveres and has dedication.
c. Raise the scores. We cannot deny the value of having a high score. This you can use to get into good school when you enter college. But you should remember that high score is only secondary, your real goal in learning is to learn and know.
d. Use communication skills to the fullest. This is important in the process of your effort to learn. Make good use of listening, reading, writing and
speaking skills . Reading is an important passion to develop the ability to think, ask questions, observe and meditate.
e. Cultivate thinking ability. You are given your own mind so you should not let others think for you. There is nothing that can strengthen the mind but to use it regularly. Use it to seek the truth, to listen and weigh the opinions of others and to be critical of the ideas presented.
f. Learn to solve your own problems. You will face more problems at this stage. Often this is a problem in your relationship. And in these instances, you make decisions. Make sure you choose only the good.
g. Participate in school activities. It’s not just in front of the book that the world revolves around the school. Enjoy. You interact with other students. Participate in group activities so
you can learn to lead and obey. This is one of the skills you will need throughout your life.
5. My Role in My Community/As a Citizen.
A member of the community is
welcome to respond to his duties for its sake. As an adolescent you have a responsibility to:
a. Maintain orderly and clean government;
b. Participate in the work of the community with other members;
c. Have a willingness to serve the community;
d. Be aware of the needs and problems of other people in the community to be communicated to community leaders;
e. Be loyal to the community you belong to;
f. Participate in community meetings as needed;
g. Joining youth organizations, where dedicating oneself as being a good follower otherwise being a good leader and;
h. Take part in the campaign to help the government, schools and organizations with their projects.
In the following ways of participation, you feel you are not far from the people in your community. Sometimes, there are times when you don’t know your neighbors; that you do not know the leader of your community. By fulfilling these roles, you will feel like you are a part of it. And it will help you to increase your value as a person.
6. The Duty as a Believer.
How do you use all your time throughout the day? In what activities do you spend more time? Do they make sense? Does your daily work include practicing your faith? You know that it doesn’t require all your time. Simply offering a prayer every day is a huge thing to say you are a true believer. “Prayer can move mountains”. But you must keep in mind that it is not our prayers that move but God. Prayer is a way of praising God. It is a way of communicating with Him from the heart. Often, the human intention in prayer is to ask for things we want or events we want to happen. Sometimes it is to apologize for our mistakes because we want to be close to Him again. Prayer is for praise, gratitude and most importantly the dedication to Him of all our works. You will know that everything begun with prayer will take place full of confidence and efficiency. This is because the work dedicated to Him is under God’s guidance.
7. The Role as a Media Consumer.
There are many trends and many innovations in today’s modern era. Your mind is conditioned that they are necessary because of the quality of its media presentation. Teenagers are very knowledgeable (Informed). Maybe there’s really nothing left to hide. This is because even remote areas are now being reached by technology. With the amount that is offered to you, sometimes you no longer know what you will accept and believe. Here is the danger. Have you ever sat in front of a computer to play a game that sometimes takes 3 – 5 hours?
Forgetting to do homework because of watching television? To watch violent shows and temptations that are hard to avoid? Especially if you don’t use critical thinking. It teaches you how m ag think and not what to think. This is an ongoing process that often begins with a question. It is our ability to analyze things and the consequences before deciding or choosing. Not everything seen in the media is true. Can you use it responsibly?
8. The Duty to Nature/guardian of nature .
We have already experienced floods that have killed many people and destroyed many properties. You are aware that you would not have all this will happen if we only take care of nature. Mother Nature’s lament is loud. All we need to do is respond before it’s all too late. Can fix each of us. You can do the following:
a. It is important to share with family members the knowledge learned in school. Encourage each family member to participate in helping to save the environment from permanent destruction. For example, convince them to conserve electricity. Turn off the computer, television and lights when not in use. Repair broken faucets so that the water is not wasted
dripping from it. Only use an electric fan or aircon if absolutely necessary.
b. It is important to apply to life what is learned in school especially in science. Further expand knowledge about climate change, its effects and solutions to the worsening problems that result. Lead in encouraging the whole class to have a program for nature. It will also help to participate in organizations with
environmental programs .
c. Help to reduce air, soil and water pollution . Participate in a community project or form a youth organization that will help reduce the problem with polluted air and surroundings. If every single youth in a community will have the time to act for the protection of nature, its positive outcome is assured. Lead the campaign for a project that involves not only young people but also all members of every household.
d. Talk to friends to join in the environmental work. It would be better to spend time with friends this way . This will help to further
strengthen the association, it will also bring good for nature. Also encourage all friends to start as well carrying out these projects in their own homes.
e. Most of the important knowledge about nature is gleaned by students not in school but in the media. The media is one of the most
powerful school partners in educating young people. But we can not deny that there are some whose interests are more inclined towards consumerism and neglect responsibility for
young consumers. As a teenager you need to be smart in receiving information caused by the media. Requires the ability to filter receivable information
and separate it from non -receivable information. deserves to be accepted and enjoyed. Nature’s lament is loud, her illness is getting worse and only people whom God trusts can help to cure this illness. As a youth you have a special role to play in this problem. Need to act, now. . . before it was all too late. Start with yourself and make sure
the whole world follows it.
“No one lives only for himself. No one dies, just for themselves. We are all responsible to each other, we are all gathered by God to be with Him. ”
From a song, it is understood to us of these lines the importance of meeting our duties as God’s creatures. Being accountable reflects a person’s true personality. This I is because it is innate in man. The person turning away from it can be compared t0
a person walking without a head (Alejo, PB 2004). So early on start responding to your responsibilities – especially in meeting the most important human duty: to achieve personal fulfillment, to seek holiness, to know, love and serve God properly.
free. This challenge is not easy. But you must act to address it. It is important to step into the next stage of your life. And your success in the later stages is the foundation of shaping your personality.
With this challenge at this stage, will you respond?