Telling me what to do is just a waste of breath

Emily Bouta Juice Editor

Don’t tell me what to do. 

It is plain and simple. I know that makes me sound immature but the truth is, I honestly don’t have a problem with that. If it gets my point across then so be it, I’m immature.

I’m immature in the way that I like being my own person. I was raised as an only child, and my privacy is important to me. Sorry if I don’t like people up in my grill. It’s a space issue, and sort of a personality issue. Thank you to my parents for allowing me to be my own person. I’ll listen to what they have to say, but not someone my own age, or in the same age range, that thinks that they can control me.

I mean, respect your elders isn’t just a random thing that someone came up with. Tell me to respect my elders and listen to what they have to say and I will do it. Normally, if someone is older than me, they have a position of power over mine, so I do not really want to argue with someone with power. I would like to stay alive.

My parents, and I guess my boss, are the only people that can say what is and isn’t right for me, or my life. Friends are meant to support you no matter what, be there to guide you along the crazy path that you choose to take. Having fun and experimenting is what life is all about. Restrictions don’t make me happy.

I don’t want restrictions when I’m hanging out with my friends and doing the usual crazy things that I do. When I’m with my parents is when I will worry about that. They tell me what to do all the time and I’m ok with that because I have no choice, they are my parents. Even as an adult I listen to my parents. But I have never listened to my peers. I say that I will, but never actually do, maybe that is good reason that explains why I get yelled at most of the time.

Having no choices and restrictions. A common duo that together, make me want to scream and run away from everyone, and everything. Why would I want to be treated that way? I like to tell people what to do all the time, but I do it silently in my head so that people don’t think less of me and my opinion.

That’s exactly what telling people what to do does. An annoying opinion that nobody asked about, is unnecessary. Opinions are great; the section that this column is going into is the opinion section. And obviously I have an opinion, when something annoys me I’m going to talk about it. Yet listening to others opinions isn’t my specialty.

Whenever I hear someone saying that I can’t or shouldn’t do certain things, the first thing that I’m going to do is that one thing that they say I’m not supposed to. Live life, and don’t worry about what other people are saying. Eventually, if you keep listening to them then you’ll believe it yourself. Live your life for yourself and do what makes you happy, unless your parents tell you not to, then don’t, because parents are always right. 


Emily Bouta is majoring in journalism. She can be reached at [email protected]