The Young People’s Price

Young man sits with placard bearing the message "I'm not leaving"

It is a sad fact that many young people who didn’t vote are b****d at the result of the referendum. What’s done is done, so we’re now left to navigate our lives in seemingly much more difficult circumstances, as the UK distances itself from the continent. It would feel ‘right honourable’ to tell you everything will eventually fall into place; that our politicians know what they are doing, and have only the best intentions for our futures. It would also be unfair.

No one knows exactly what the future will hold; it may all be the universe aligning itself in an unorthodox way to result in a surprise utopia. However, the reality is that many people aged 18-30 are feeling more pessimistic about the future than before the referendum. Issues like our outdated education system, which is no longer providing the skills and experience for the modern world, are a concern for many.

Student falling asleep while supposed to be studying.

Teenagers stressed with ever-mounting workloads and examinations.

 

After all, does a heavier focus on exams signify progress?

Additionally, many feel like Britain is isolating itself on the world stage, while they consider globalization intrinsic to their future: 68% of those polled by Demos, in fact. People clearly want to broaden their horizons, and see the world as a huge entity of possibility, intending to make connections beyond the confines of their native country.  Consider that alongside the fact that 69% of the same group voted to remain, and you’ve got some pretty conclusive statistics, right?

 

Don’t worry, there’s always a silver lining.

If you consider yourself a passenger aboard a ship careening into oblivion, you’ll already be feeling somewhat reassured by now; a problem shared is a problem halved. It can be difficult to remain positive when the odds seem stacked against you. However, it’s important to see things as challenges rather than excuses. Working hard and keeping your goals in mind, whilst remaining kind to yourself and others, result in a much more positive outcome.  Seeing opportunity is a lesson in itself, and the best way of doing so is remaining inquisitive and open minded.

I urge you to carry on doing your homework, but when you’ve got a spare moment here’s some inspiration from Alan Watts (my favourite philosopher of all time) to make you feel awesome:

 

Tweet – @Demos survey shedding light on young people’s perception of the UK and where they stand in the world.