Yesterday, I was walking around campus and saw two girls smoking weed right next to the bus stop in broad daylight. I started talking to them and they seemed nice. As we started heading to a local cafe to grab something to eat, we came across two police men. This two girls started smoking weed right in front of him and mocking him. I asked them why they were doing this. Their response was, “we are doing this to stand up against police brutality and for homeless people”. So this post is going to be a PSA about why doing things like what this girls did is a really bad idea.
When I was 13, I used to be a rebel. I did every single thing that I could come up with on the list to try to get expelled. I skipped class, I talked back to teachers, and I used to have pink hair. I used to be one of those “social justice warriors” before it became cool. I’ve been there, done that, and probably mastered it. So trust me when I say that I know what the “rebel” and “hippie” lifestyle is like.
And what I also know is that this lifestyle will most likely not make you happy. You will not make any significant changes in this world, you will make a lot of people hate you, and you are more likely than not will eventually get in trouble for all of your shenanigans. Smoking weed in front of the police officer is not cool. It’s stupid. In fact, rebelling against a police officer, who’s simply doing his job, is stupid. Your statement against “police brutality” is not going to help homeless or black people. The only thing that it will do is potentially get you locked up in prison. If you actually want to make a difference, you can volunteer, make a petition, organize a political movement, and do a variety of other things that do not involve you harassing a police officer, burning other people’s property, or doing other destructive things to other people. If you want to make a real impact in this world, learn how to play by the rules before you can break them.
Also, realize that those people that you are fighting for do not care about you. If you get hurt, those homeless people will not help you. If you get in trouble with the law, they will not help you. And if you want to get a head in life, they will not help you. In fact, from my experience, it’s more likely that a successful person will be willing to help you than a random person who you see bagging for money on the street. People are primarily selfish. They do not care about you. Therefore, why should you put yourself at risk, helping people who do not care about you? That makes no logical sense, is crazy, and a waist of your precious time that you do not have a lot of. (Just to make this part clear, it is a good idea to help your friends, your family, and other people who you know will help you. Also, helping people who actually want to do something with their lives is an incredibly rewarding experience and can pay back in the future. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t help others. All I’m saying is that it should be a benefit for you and shouldn’t put you at risk.)
Not only is being a rebel a futile endeavor, it also comes from a place of pain rather than happiness. You are rebelling not because you are so happy with your life but because you don’t feel like you fit in, you feel angry at the world, and this is your way of making yourself feel better. You are in misery. This behavior doesn’t help you grow, become a better human being, or become successful. Instead of rebelling, you should find a group of people that you can belong with, activities that you like doing, and things that you are good at. Fitting in will make you much happier than standing out. Focus on making friends, studying, getting into a good college (if you are still in high school), or on building up your skills and on your future career (if you are in college). At the end of the day, focusing on becoming the best version of yourself will be a much more fulfilling activity than rebelling against society or trying to make social statements about the police.
So my advice to you rebels and trouble makers is to focus on something more productive in your life. You will be happier, you will have more friends, and you will make more of an impact in this world.