I grew up in a time of an epidemic that was taking place all around me, and I never just seriously considered the implications of the seriousness of the situation. Most never do until they’re directly affected in a very bad way. I fear for my children.
Let me explain….like me, too many of our society's children and young adults are out there on their own doing whatever they wish without a care in the world and not just trying to, but actually growing up too fast! Kids emulate what they see or want to be. Trying to be cool! If you're not cool, you get picked on, which adds more pressure. Then to top it off, how many people's Father's have been there for them growing up? Which puts more pressure on the Mom's, and the kids rebel and resent life and are permanently affected by it. Each generation this epidemic accelerates 100%.
My brother committed suicide and his baby's Mother was murdered some years ago, and they left behind 3 children. One is now locked up in juvenile for armed robbery, but taking college classes and doing good despite. Once we or our youth get in the fast lane to be cool and grow up too fast, we never have the time to truly actually MATURE until we're forced to sit down and reflect on the damage we caused ourselves, the ones around us, and the ones who truly love us. Some damage can never be repaired.