Essay 1 – Teenage years are the happiest times of most people’s lives

GT Writing Task 2 (Essay Writing) Sample # 1

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Some people think that the teenage years are the happiest times of most people’s lives. Others think that adult life brings more happiness, in spite of greater responsibilities.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Model Answer 1: (In favour of the happier teenage stage)
People enjoy every phase of their life in their own way and every single stage of it has something enjoyable and new to offer. However, when it comes to the happiest period of life, opinions may be split. It is believed by many that teen years are filled with more glee, while many people are happier in their adulthood. Although both stages have different graces, I, personally, think that a person enjoys his life during the early years.

For a start, happiness is the freedom of whatever a person wants to do and in adulthood, people are independent in various ways. First of all, they have no financial dependency on their parents and are not obliged to take permission for whatever they want to do. They can afford stuff and do things that are beyond the imagination of children. Second, people, in their mature years, have the right to exercise choice in matters of relationships. Parents, usually, do not interfere with their relationships whereas youngsters are forced to act on parents’ advice in this regard.

However, the teenage phase, for many, is the golden period. Juveniles do not need to worry about responsibilities, jobs, and so forth. They, for instance, do not have to earn a living. In addition, they can spend more quality time with peers and do things adults would not dare. Grown-ups, on the other hand, are laden with despair by individualism, weakening of social ties, economic recession and so on.

To conclude, the early stage is the golden time of a person’s life. To my way of thinking, teenage years are the time in a person’s life when egotism, corruption, complexities and weight of sin cause no hindrance in the pursuit of true happiness and satisfaction.

Model Answer 2: (In favour of the happier adulthood stage)
Teenage stage of a person’s life knows no bound and brings pure joys while adulthood offers freedom, sense of fulfilment and achievement. Thus a group of people deem adolescence as the happiest part of life whilst others argue that adulthood is more enjoyable. Both teenage and grown-up time can be unique and full of blessings for certain people. But in my view, the mature stage of a person’s life is more fulfilling.

To begin with, most teenagers have no responsibility and have parents to look after their intricacies. Thus they can easily put aside the difficulties of life and enjoy things they are passionate about. At this stage, youngsters have fresh minds, fewer complexities and dreams to follow. The life is yet to reveal its challenges to these young minds and they find contentment in whatever they do. To illustrate, many of my relatives recall enjoying the beauty of life in their teenage more than they do now and I often wonder whether this is the case for me!

On the other hand, adulthood is a stage when we have a better understanding of life, economic and decision-making freedom, matured thinking and a sense of achievement. No doubt the responsibilities are high, but the sense of achievement is even greater. Thus the life opens many windows of opportunity and relationship to an adult that a youngster cannot imagine. To give an example, the happiness I felt when I fall in love for the first time or kissed my newborn child is unparalleled. I might have been satisfied in my early stage, but there is no reason I am not happier now.

To conclude, every stage of our life has its own set of comfort and some people look back to the past and feel happier while others are just happy in their adulthood. For me, my adulthood is more fulfilling and glorifying.

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