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High expectations are too high for me to achieve...
Comparison Adds Pressure

A 15 year old Reyan feels there's no hope for him in the world unless he becomes more like his brother, while another girl of the same age, knows that if she doesn't score more than 95%, her parents won't be able to face the society. Ira, another teenager, believes that it's a waste to spend money on her education. And all this, because of the excessive parental pressures that teenagers face in their daily life.

In order to bring for the issue that has plagued students across the country, Shoojit Sircar has directed an ad campaign for a beverage company's Release The Pressure campaign. In the 1 minute 42 seconds video, several students narrate how they feel about themselves and their stories are heartbreaking, to say the least. The constant comparison by parents often ends up lowering a teenager's self esteem and even though parents have the best of intentions for their child at their heart, their behavior sometimes has the opposite effect.

I'm not saying that the parents should not have any expectations from their child, but the expectations should be according to the child's capability. Because high expectations are often too high to achieve.

And before comparing a child with another, they should think of how they would feel if their child starts comparing them with their friend's parents. Don't compare your life with others. There's no comparison between the sun and the moon. They shine when it's their time.

Lastly, I would like to conclude by saying something rather inspirational-

In Japan, broken objects are often repaired with gold. The flaw is seen as a unique piece of the object's history, which adds to its beauty. Consider this when you feel broken.

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