As we grow up we are often embarrassed by our parents, especially during our adolescent years, but only if we knew it was not the end of the world. To be seen to be reliant on the older human (mainly parent) was taboo in my neighbourhood. Defiance and nonconformity were the bee’s knees, closely followed by a premature false sense of self-sufficiency.
A lot of it was fuelled by peer pressure, of course, and that thing about being the coolest kid on the planet. When you showed off, there was always a bunch of girls around egging you on to be extremely foolish. Our parents were the last people we thought could understand us and so we turned to friends for advice. That usually ended in tears, a belt, a slap and then we’d go back to the same friends who put us in that position in the first place. Continue reading “4 Golden Nuggets To Live By”