DAILY: Elusive Worth

What I hate most is when older people look down on younger ones and just base everything on age. Yep, I get it. You have more experience yada yada, but it doesn’t mean that our ideas or thoughts are useless. You were once like us.

When I was a kid, I was often misunderstood and underestimated of my capabilities. To be honest, to date, this is still happening- or at least that’s what I think.

Everyone seem to doubt our skills, question our capabilities, judge our decisions and watch our every move. That’s just how things work for them and unfortunately for us. We are always under watchful eyes who waiting to say “I told you so.”

Late 2014, I decided to resign from my job and work full-time freelance along with my tailoring business. I was home most of everyday and go out to run errands for my shop from time to tome. Mid 2015, I got a full time remote job that I do along with my freelancing and shop. I’m pretty workaholic.

One time some months ago, I came across my neighbor in the hallways of our apartment and he small talked me.

Him: Graduate ka na? (Have you graduated?)

Me: Yes.

Him: Hanap-hanap din ng trabaho ah. (How about looking for work?)

Trust me it sounds more insulting in the original version than the translated one.

I have never felt that insulted in my life. Maybe he was thinking that I was living off my parents’ income when truth be told, I help in the house expenses too. And it didn’t just happen one time. Another two neighbors implied the same thing when they talked to me.

I’m pretty sure it’s a common scenario, where these adults don’t act like proper adults. They judge the younger ones and base everything on what they see or how they used to live their lives when they were young. Surely he didn’t mean to offend, but still.. it makes me question a lot of things about myself.

And because of all these judging eyes and underestimating people around us, our self-worth are seemingly difficult to achieve and we’ll often question how others see us.

Daily Prompt Elusive

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7 thoughts on “DAILY: Elusive Worth

    1. Thanks for sharing your insight, Ngobesing! 🙂
      I get what you’re saying. I’ve lived like that my whole life. But what I’m truly pointing out is my hopes that our parents and other adults in general stop looking down on younger people just because of the age gap. 😀 -Azelle

      1. On the contrary, my greatest teachers are young people. When I want a new perspective on anything I ask a young person to look at it. They have taught me ICT. I try to let my children know that I believe in them but there are times you just can’t help having fears. You fear you may feel guilty if something happens, that you did not help enough. It is left for the young also to understand their parents.

      2. Good point on that. I hope though that all parents feel the same way. One thing I noticed is that most adults hate to admit that a younger one is better than them in any aspect, so they use their age and their experience card to prove themselves more authoritative. But yeah, you’re right. Younger ones should really be understanding their parents more too as much as the parents need to exert effort as well 🙂

      3. I think I feel younger and do better because I draw a lot of energy from young people as I work with them a great deal. Young people generate a lot of energy that affects those around them who are open to it.

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