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It wouldn’t be strange to find that lots of young people nowadays are doing things based on others’ expectation rather than they want. Young people are asked to follow many social norms such as always be obedient to elders and never stop working. For me, these requirements imposed on young adults are too strict to obey.
First and foremost, it is unreasonable that young people should always be obedient to elders. It is deeply embedded in people’s mind that young people should respect every old people under any circumstance. However, while young people act in an appropriate way, some elders may take advantage of the young’s kindness, blackmailing them for money. For instance, last week my family planned to drive to visit my grandparents. While driving through a crossroad, a man around 60 years old suddenly laid in front of us. He insisted we hit him and asked for an exorbitant medical treatment fee. But for the automobile data recorder in our car, we can do nothing to clarify to policemen.
Second, young people should not be labeled as unsuccessful if they do not perform well academically. In today’s society, numerous people believe that the only criteria for success are whether they can get good grades or be admitted in good universities. Therefore, young people are supposed to work hard in order to get high grades. However, there are lots of famous and successful people who didn’t get good grades in school such as the Jackie Chen and Jack Ma. From my perspective, the most important thing for young people is to make themselves happy and feel free to choose the field they like. Not every path leads to success is alike.
In short, since some elders are wicked and good grades obtained in school do not have straightforward relationship with success, I personally believe that the rules society expect young people to follow are too rigid and strict.