Recently, I was in the subway when I noticed a Tim Horton’s summer camp ad; the photography was great, the line was great, everything was good-hearted, but for some reason it infuriated me. And why did it infuriate me? Well, because all of the darn children had perfect hair and you could tell just from the picture that not only was their hair the perfect colour, but it also looked like it was still soft. Children of the ‘playing’ age, don’t even care what their hair looks like and yet, they are the only human beings that don’t need to bleach, straighten, highlight, darken and soak in chemicals so that their hair looks slightly touchable. What’s that all about?
With that, I started thinking about all the things that are wasted on children and teenagers. And when I say wasted, I mean, there’s just no point for it because they have zero appreciation for just how lucky they are.
- Perfect hair – as stated above, I think this is bull crap. I want perfect hair. I want it to be naturally highlighted and soft. Instead, I have ashy hair that needs to be coloured and feels like straw. UGH!
- Being able to eat anything – I don’t know about you, but when I was a teenager, I could eat anything. Absolutely anything! The problem was that even though I could consume as many calories in a day as an elephant, I didn’t really like food. I liked frosted flakes and plain pizza and that’s about it. What a waste! Regretfully, now that I’m a grown-up and have a mature palate that likes everything from curry, to tuna tartar, to chocolate cheesecake (yep, I didn’t didn’t even like cheesecake), now is the time that I have to watch everything I eat. This once again is bull crap.
- Unlimited energy – Children have ZERO responsibility and yet, they have copious amounts of energy to burn. In fact, if they don’t get enough exercise, they literally bounce off walls. I’ve seen this. It’s scary. Anyway, adults actually have responsibilities and things that they need to accomplish and yet most of us can’t function, let alone think, without some form of artificial energy – ie. coffee.
- No hangovers – Ok, we all know that it’s illegal to drink under the age of 19 and if you are under 19, I am in no way condoning drinking underage, however, at some point a teenager is going to have too many drinks. What ticks me off about this is that odds are in their favour that they won’t even have a hangover. Gosh, even in my early 20’s, I could drink like a fish and feel great the next day. Now, if I consume too many bevies, I officially wake up the next day as a zombie that eats everything in sight for a minimum of 24hrs.
- Perfect bodies – Girls between 16-22 often have spectacular figures. I really hate this (jealous much?). However, I have good reason for this hatred: women do not reach their sexual prime until we are in our early 30’s, so one would think that our bodies would look best then. Plus, it takes maturity to figure out how to dress for your body shape, which means that there are all these tight-bodied youngsters out there dressing terribly.
Alright, that’s my rant for the day. What else do you think is wasted on the young (besides of course the obvious, you know, youth)?