To Grow Up or Not – Aneesh's Story
A lot has changed over the years in terms of lifestyle, education system and the general cost of living in the country. Our parents were hard workers, no doubt, but they had an easy time when it came to making a name for themselves or succeeding in accomplishing their goals.
I say this as the amount of competition in the country has increased greatly. Everyone wants to do everything and be successful. Well, who doesn’t? But this has led to a shortage of jobs and an increase in the number of people looking to get a job. Everything has changed in the past 20 years or so.
The population has increased, leading to greater number of people living in smaller houses. There is a food shortage resulting from a decline in the amount of food available per capita. Inflation has increased as the circulation of money in the economy has not increased proportionate to the increase in population.
Our parents used to eat out at restaurants for as cheap as Rs. 15 (about 22-cents USD). Now, one cigarette costs just as much. They used to lead their lives like there was no tomorrow. Nowadays, we need to think about things like sustainable use of resources. The health hazards that we face is another aspect completely. Pollution levels in cities across the world is so much that you could contract lung cancer without smoking.
To summarise, I would say that our generation has a lot to look forward to. But, at the same time, we also need to understand the hardships that we will face due to an incessant use of resources.
Life is not going to be easy for us. All is not lost though as we can still change the course of how things are shaping up. It is in our hands to make or break our future and change the way we lead our lives.