Youth may not be wasted on the young. Youth may be stunted by the inflexible preconceptions of the mature.
The young are compelled to grow into their own, to be unique and creative. Yet the breadth of their choice of paths is dictated to them.
Perhaps we should ask with objectivity: is it strictly selfishness and heedlessness that we reproach of the young, or do we sometimes impose our beaten paths for fear that new approaches could belittle our own choices?