VOL. LV No. 3
Is There Really No Place like Home? Should Teens Escape Kansas? Fahad Rajput
A major issue growing in our society is whether people should move away To say, “there’s no place like home” is underestimating the ability one has to from their friends and family to go out and explore. What I mean is, should a teen move away from their parents, hometown, and so on? Although many people would argue that they should go out and explore, even if it requires them moving far away from their hometowns - I respectfully disagree. I believe that teens should be able to go out and explore, but they should also be in touch with their parents and families in general. After all, your parents did raise and nurture you. They put every penny earned into making a better future for their children. Leaving them and not staying in touch with them would be a horrible way to thank them for all their efforts. Your parents do want you to grow up and have a successful life but they don’t want you to totally abandon and forget them. Besides, disappointing your own parents and your own family, (teens that stop talking to their parents all together), often don’t succeed as much as people who stay in touch with their family. They often have to go through all their struggles alone and do not have many close people whom they have known since they were children. Would you want to be in a position where you have no one close to talk to? Many teens today have decided to move away from their parents, creating this controversial issue. Teens from all over the world move to different places around the world as soon as they gain their independence. This, I myself, and many others believe is wrong. Teens should always remain close to their parents, families, and hometowns, and retain full support from them. They can help you with many things including real life help, economic help, and can simply just sit and talk to you. After all, your family members are the only people who have known you since you were a child. Are you the one that’s sitting there saying, “I will always stay in touch with my family no matter where I am?” Suppose you move to the other side of the world, how often will you see them? How often will you have dinner with your family? How often will you be able to sit with them and just talk? You won’t. Why put yourself in that kind of a situation? Stay close to home.
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carry their home with them. In my opinion, “home” is just a term for the place you feel most comfortable and where you go to relax and concentrate. But often times many people consider that a single unmoving place. In reality though, I think it’s easy to change that place, or even have numerous “homes.” For example, I’m currently in the position of choosing to go away to college or stay home. And it seems the only positive about staying home is the money I would save. That’s not saying it isn’t a big enough reason to do it, but the negatives will definitely cost much more than the money saved. Moving out of your childhood home is supposed to be one of the hardest things to do, but those that get away always seem to come back to visit with a completely new perspective on things. Getting away is the chance to become independent, mature, and on your way to a wonderfully diverse future. But not only is leaving the nest good for the four years of college, but also for the rest of your life. Many times the first taste is what gives people the urge to go out and explore even more. Imagine all the options you will have by severing the ties to a single home. Throughout college, you can not only live in a dorm on campus, but take study abroad classes as well. Now you’re not just a few hours away, but there may be oceans in between you and your family, your home. But this is a good thing! You’re engulfing yourself in so many different cultures and new ways of life. It would be a waste to confine yourself to that single bed and single town just because it’s familiar. Oftentimes you hear about the stories where children grow up in small towns thinking that what ever their parents have done, they must too. This is the idea that life is unchanging and where your home becomes your tomb. However, for those who manage to fight back and escape they get a new chance to live, learn, and experience what they never would have otherwise. Especially in examples where one’s culture or expected lifestyle is the driving force behind their futures. Staying at that “home” may seem easy, but it will never give you the chance to try new things. Leaving home is giving yourself that chance to be inspired. You could visit countries and truly give yourself a new outlook on food choice, language knowledge, and all forms of art. All of which you could never have achieved if you let yourself focus on a single “home.” Ultimately I firmly disagree with the phrase “there’s no place like home” because of the simple reason that home should not be a single place. Home should just be that feeling of belongingness, which won’t ever leave, even if you do. You also should not place such a high price on a single insignificant thing, like your “home.” It’s not good to just stick to the easy route. Newspage 7