Name: Melissa Hackett
From: Goodyear, Az
Finding Purpose: Addiction Awareness Essay
Starting from a young age, today’s society shuffles generation after generation of children through school, college, and then puts them into a 9 to 5 job just to survive. It is what’s expected in order to be considered a successful individual in modern society. When second guessing that lifestyle, many are called lazy, failures, and said to be ignorant about the way the world works. This causes many students and adults later in life to begin questioning their purpose and existence in life. As an escape, individuals find drugs, alcohol, social media, etc. in order to find something that is constant and makes them feel secure and comfortable, even if it is only a fleeing emotion.
By not supporting a variety of life/career paths from an early age, not only is society wounding its citizens who will begin to struggle with addiction, but they are also depriving the world of what could’ve been. The oppression of creativity and individuality takes away happiness for millions of people and stops the progression of future innovation. The truth is that not everyone fits in the same box and they shouldn’t be encouraged to.
To remedy this ongoing and rarely discussed crisis, society must support individuality and realize that people are different, it is what makes the world beautiful. If people are unable to find their purpose, addiction will most definitely occur. While most high schools allow a few electives to help students find something they are remotely interested in, it is not enough. Beginning in around 4th or 5th grade, students should be allowed to experiment in their current interests while continuing the core classes. Millions of college students don’t even know what they want to major in, and yet they are still paying thousands to be in university because that is the “norm.”
As an individual, they must never give up trying. If something doesn’t seem right and you want to try something else, do it! Settling might feel alright for the time being, but later on that lack of purpose is how addiction takes hold. Finding your purpose is what makes your life have a sense of meaning. Whether it is through helping others, being creative, finding religion, etc. It is when that sense of purpose isn’t there that people turn to addiction to fill that void, and turning back is one of the greatest challenges out there.