Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Some Reasons Why Young People Should Vote

I wanted to do something a little bit different today aside from the beauty and fashion bits. This is a very relevant and worthy topic to be talking about at the moment, well, it is all over the news, all over the internet, all over social media and all over the papers, The General Election.

 Voting is something that a lot of young adults don't really tune into or take much notice of because admittedly, a lot of us, myself included haven't really had to completely fend for ourselves. By this I mean, owning our own house, paying bills for electricity, gas and water, making sure we have enough money left at the end of the month to provide for other people. More often than not we find reasons to not be attentive to this sort of topic because we have other 'more interesting things' to be doing with our time such as seeing our friends, seeing boyfriends/girlfriends, going out, watching that 17th episode of the American TV show that you vowed you would only watch one episode a night of or in other more important cases some of us have other commitments like studying for exams, handing in our coursework assignments or working in our full-time or part-time employment.

Whatever it is, we always seem to find an excuse of how something may be more entertaining or more appealing. I'm not saying everyone is like this but this was my attitude not too long a go, it was certainly the attitude I had towards the last election and I definitely know a few people that feel this way now. The truth is it doesn't take a lot of time for us to take a minute or two to think about something that is going to effect our future.

For the generation that are the most detached about the idea of voting and getting involved in the election, we are the ones that have the most at stake, we are the ones that are going to have to live the longest with the changes that are on the horizon. Things that you are not going to be able to try and change without voting and voicing your opinion.

The reality is, if you are aged 18-20 you're thinking 'what am I going to be do with my life when I leave college/school?' more than likely half of you are contemplating going to University, if not you will be getting apprenticeships or going into full-time work. All of these things are huge topics in each of the parties manifestos.

Whether it be creating new jobs for the school leavers, University tuition fees or raising the minimum wage for apprenticeships. These are just some of the things that come up in debate, things that are going to directly effect the people of our age group, so it would mean that we, as the people that are going to be directly effected by this should vote and have our say into what we feel is right for us.

It then comes to the 21-23 year olds, myself included, we are more than likely going to want to move out within the next couple of years, fly the nest, let go of the comfort of our bedrooms, mums cooking and always having a fully stocked fridge. We are going to want to take that plunge of standing on our own two feet and becoming independent. The fact of the matter is - someone like me or you, who doesn't earn a great deal due to being in the youngest bracket of working people or simply because we haven't hit the pinnacle of our careers yet, are going to have an up hill battle to try and get on the property ladder, 2014 saw house prices soar 7.4% for first-time buyers.

 What would seem a some what reasonable aspiration to be able to move out at the age of 24-26 is actually becoming more of a fantasy because of the unattainable mortgage requirements that first-time buyers are being faced with. It isn't something that I had really thought about until the last year or so, it then dawned on me when I realised that my parents had moved out at the age of 21 and that I simply couldn't be further from that stage in my life. This is just another reason why our votes really matter in this election and why people our age group should take some time out to consider their options.

The point I'm making is that it doesn't take a lot of time to take a break from our assignment writing, our TV watching or going out with friends to really think about our future. All it takes is just a few moments to listen to parts of debates and read up on the different topics that each party are offering and have your say. Don't waste your vote. :)


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