Ephebiphobia. Did you know that this is a real word? No, I didn't know either... but apparently it means fear of teenagers. When we look at the western world around us, it seems as if the suppression of youth is a popular campaign to promote. And like most things that the masses do, just because they do it doesn't mean should you.
Think about this: Anytime we want to insult someone, we always tell them to "grow up" why is that? Furthermore, if you even attempt to have goals and desires that the average person doesn't have (gasp_) you're called all types of names: Lunatic, selfish, childish, immature, crazy, stupid, arrogant, greedy, narcissist, etc. To put it into perspective, let's say that I want to be extraordinary and my plans in life is to reach a million people.
So that means that in order to do that, I tell people that I want to be famous. I tell them that I'm going to be known across the entire world and maybe I won't be seen by everybody, but damn right I'll have a million subscribers on YouTube. Which means I'll have a million people listening to my podcasts, or a million people streaming my music. This also means I might just get a million dollars in revenue. Of course, every single click doesn't mean money, but it means reach. To me, clicks are just a number by the way.
But while we're at it, let me tell you this story; As some of you while come to know, I used to work in a gas station. Funny events happen all the time when you're employed at a gas station. For one day you might walk into work expecting to be receiving a lot of hate, which to the contrary you actually don't. Most outsiders viewed the employees as if we're lazy, entitled, or moody, but to the contrary nobody that I know of would still be employed at a gas station if they were extremely lazy. But any who, there was this gentleman who came in to buy a very, very common purchase: The lotto.
Ask anyone who's worked inside of a convenience store and they'll tell you the same story about those freakin lotto customers. Remember, not everyone is bad though. This guy was about to partake in one of history's oldest games, the game of chance. One thing you find with chances is that they usually take you closer to your goals or further away from your goals. The sad part is that not too many of the ticket purchasers had much goals to begin with, thus the reason as to why I view clicks as just a number.
Let me explain for all you musically literate people here: Money is like mixing, if it's done with the right increments, it can take your goals from 0 to 100. However, just because this is true doesn't mean that the song won't suck. If it lacks emotion or passion, then the non-majority who listen to it (music consumers) won't find your music any justice. If you do some quick research via YouTube, you've might've heard about lottery winners who lost all their money.
You know you've watched those top ten videos with a British guy narrating and a bunch of click baiting thumbnails. Or at least, I have. Well those lists do in fact state the truth and that is that a whopping ninety-percent of lottery winners end up broke.
What's going on here? Is it some kind of conspiracy from the government to break our spirit? Do these lottery companies stage out all of the "winners" and are those goddamn tickets that gave me more stress than a wedding planner losing marriages really just fake as hell? I'm not sure what, but the lottery companies still give the path to truly see humanity for who they are.
Let's cut back to the chase, my friends: I was explaining how somebody came to buy a lottery ticket. Out of nowhere, I asked him what he plans to do if he won; He said typical stuff such as buying a house and giving away a bunch of money. I said great, but then he said to me "how much do you want"
Now naturally, being the blazed-spirited individual I am, we don't take no chances and I don't do baby steps. My mind has always been set on dreaming since day one, so even back when I used to work there and we were stocking boxes or I was sent to take out the trash because nobody else really wanted to do that, I always knew I had somewhere better to be. "No, there was no way in hell I'm gonna be working here for the rest of my life" I said.
So I told the man, "I want to get twenty million dollars" and in seconds he was taken aback with a frown. I knew he thought I wasn't serious, but I was. "You're too greedy" he said to me, but I knew what was up. You see, people only want to let you be a part of their campaign when it's convenient. Folks don't care about helping others, as long as they look good while doing it. It's like when corporations donate money to seem like they're caring and all but it's actually a tax write-off.
"I would do a lot with twenty mill, I could do so much"
"Yeah, but it's one million dollars"
So just because others set their value below a threshold, does that mean you have to do that as well? You see, it's not that asking for money is inherently evil but what is the resource going to be used for? If you look back at that statistic that 70% of winners fail, it's mostly due to their own hedonistic pleasure and lack of direction. Sure, a website might state the positives such as "90% of lottery winners still keep in contact with their best friend" or "only 44% squander their money within 5 years" but how about "55% of lottery winners remain happy after winning"
It's not that the money will go to their heads, but that their friends and family members don't know when to stop asking for it. When it comes to my story dealing with the customer, I know how much I'm worth. And I will not sell myself short, it's that simple. So don't you even dare to set those dreams and goals to "realistic" and fuck having a number.
Limiting yourself is one of the worst things that anybody with a heart or mind can do, and yet plenty of idiots still do this. "Nah man you need to be realistic" or "that's too much, you're too much" Why even give those people leverage? If they choose to be apart of the system and stick to a range good for them, however, if you're reading this it probably means that's the last thing you ever want to do.
So starting at alpha, why do adults hate on teenagers so much? Because they hold the most creativity. Did you know that in a certain experiment carried out to kids in elementary school, they collectively came up with forty different uses for a paperclip, but when they asked that same question to a high school class, only three uses were brought to discussion. Sure they might not have been engaged, but the fact remains that young drives culture. The youth are literally the next to blow. So next time someone asks you your goals, tell them something they don't know.