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More and more changes come with time

Sometimes being 17 years old can be a straight up challenge.

We have to go to school, and we have to work at crappy jobs and get paid minimum wage, just to afford gas money. We have the stresses of teenage drama (not so much myself anymore, but there was a time), and than we do one little thing wrong like come home 20 minutes late and we're grounded.

I guess (and I'm literally guessing), society is starting to change a little bit. Is it normal to come home 20 minutes late? Well to a parent, the answer is probably not, but to someone my age, that just doesn't seem like a big deal.

Is it just the rebellious stage everyone goes through their teenage years, or are things really starting to change? Well decades bring changes. It's a proven fact. Just look at music. In the 1960s, people were listening to music such as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Mamas and The Papas and Simon and Garfunkel.

The '70s brought a harder type of rock and roll, instead of the hippy age of the '60s. Bands such as Kiss, Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd and Boston were running the stations.

Now, look at music today. People my age are more or less into rap music. The most popular artists include Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Eminem, and Wiz Khalifa. Music nowadays tends to "usually" promote at least one of three things: sex, drugs or money.

I mean I guess the bands of the '70s were singing about the same stuff, but I think the way music is exploited nowadays definitely says something about my generation.

The long and short of it is things that were considered to be morally wrong, or inappropriate 30 years ago, tend to be more socially accepted nowadays.

Another example I have is medical marijuana. In the U.S. right now, 17 out of our 50 states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes only. We are in a time of change I guess. The older my generation gets, the more changes we're starting to see on an everyday basis.

The question that stumps me the most is why though? Why is it that something that has been deemed socially unacceptable since the 1930s is suddenly getting the attention it is today?

The most educated guess I can come up with is because it's not unacceptable to the younger generations, and as time and time goes by I think we are going to see more and more changes.

I guess in my personal opinion, society doesn't matter a whole lot anyways. I try to go out of my way to treat all people fairly, but not necessarily equally. I try not to judge people because I don't like to be judged. And most importantly, I don't let anyone change who I am.

Jonah Bowe is a senior at Detroit Lakes High School.

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