Question: Every teenager has a hero/heroine to admire. So many times they become role models for them. What is wrong if Sophie fantasises about Danny Casey and is ambitious in life? [CBSE (AI) 2016]
Answer: The teenager is the phase of life that constitutes major changes in the life of an individual. During this phase, a person learns many things, sets his career goals, and deals with poor pressure and the reprimands, demands and expectations of the adults. Hence it is natural for teenagers to fantasise and love in a world of dreams.
It would be wrong to ridicule dreaming and fantasising, it is based on realistic goals and the world around them provides them with the means of opportunities to achieve these aspirations and dreams. Desiring to move ahead in life and working towards this instils confidence, positivity and optimism. However, if there is a disparity between the goal, dream and one’s capabilities the effect could be harmful and painful. Failure could lead to disappointment, depression and a complete drop in confidence.
In short, dreaming or fantasising is not wrong, and therefore Sophie was perfectly entitled to fantasise about her future or about her favourite footballer Danny Casey. The only problem or worry is that one should be realistic, sensible and prepared to face consequences whether good or bad with elegance.
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