Transitioning from Teenage Years to Independent Adulthood: The Many Rivers to Cross…

That teenage pathway, that generational link to adulthood has never been a rosy stroll for everyone.

Pedro Odubayo Thompson
3 min readApr 16, 2023
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The teenage years are periods of significant growth and change, both physically and mentally. It is a time when individuals begin to develop their sense of identity and start to explore their independence. However, the journey from teenage life to independent adulthood is not always easy, and there are many rivers to cross along the way.

The challenge in pursuing dreams.

One of the biggest challenges that teenagers face is navigating the transition from high school to college or the workforce. This transition can be particularly challenging for those who are not sure about their future goals or who may not have the resources or support to pursue their dreams. It can also be challenging to balance the demands of school or work with social and family obligations.

The huge task of becoming independent.

Another challenge that teenagers face is establishing their independence while still maintaining strong connections to their family and friends. This can be particularly difficult for those who come from families with strict traditions or cultural expectations. It is also common for teenagers to struggle with issues such as peer pressure, self-esteem, and anxiety, which can make it hard to establish a sense of self and confidence.

Navigating the world despite society’s challenges.

The current societal challenges that today’s world faces, such as violence, insecurity, and environmental threats can create a significant burden for teenagers as they try to navigate the world around them.

These gloomy pictures or threats can have a profound impact on mental health and well-being and can make it difficult for teenagers to feel optimistic about their future.

Generational changes are an interesting phenomenon, and each generation experiences unique challenges and opportunities that shape their values, attitudes, and beliefs. Baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, experienced significant social, political, and cultural changes, including the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the sexual revolution. They were also part of a post-World War II economic boom that brought increased prosperity and opportunity.

Generation X, born between 1965 and 1980, grew up during a time of economic uncertainty and political upheaval, including the energy crisis, the Cold War, and the rise of neoliberalism. They were also the first generation to grow up with widespread access to technology, such as personal computers and the internet.

Millennials, born between 1981 and 1996, grew up during a time of rapid technological change and globalization. They are known for their digital savvy, entrepreneurial spirit, and commitment to social justice and environmental sustainability.

Generation Z, born between 1997 and 2012, is the first generation to grow up fully immersed in a world of smartphones, social media, and instant access to information. They are known for their creativity, self-expression, and willingness to challenge traditional norms and institutions.

What set us baby boomers and generation X apart.

The opportunities available to millennials and generation Z did not exist for me as a baby boomer. When it comes to models, I didn’t have many. I liked civil servants best since they wore smart clothing and wore ties around their necks.

Not to mention the way they wrote on their famous typewriters in those days. Visiting an office with two or three of these typists will prove this. The sound of clickety-clack usually indicates that the machines are handled by professionals.

My generation sometimes perceives these two generations (Millennials and Gen. Z) as lazy or overfed. Considering how much information these chaps have available. But come to think of it, are they not overfed, overwhelmed and confused?

In conclusion, the journey from teenage life to independent adulthood is a complex and challenging one. There are many rivers to cross, and each person’s journey is unique. However, with the right support and resources, teenagers can successfully navigate this transition and emerge as confident and independent adults.

Thanks for reading!



Pedro Odubayo Thompson

Pedro is a man of few days who strives to encourage critical thinking, promotes social justice, and endeavors to leave a lasting legacy behind.