If you think about what it means to be a teenager, being a teenager can be very hard sometimes. You are pressured by your parents to succeed, you are pressured by your friends to do things sometimes that you don’t want to do and last but not least you are pressured by social media to hate your own body and take certain things and forced to wear a set of clothes just to impress other people. And all this happens to every teenager even to kids from well-adjusted good families.
Sometimes you cannot be with the person you love, like Romeo and Juliet or you lose the person you love like Jack and Rose from Titanic. As teenagers and or young people we need to stop avoiding the truth, our truths which can either be our experiences and emotions. Because being young can be so painful and can almost be too much to feel, and when one is unable to feel this leads to one being suicidal or at least have thoughts of no longer existing. Trust me, I myself used to get such thoughts but eventually, they would disappear once I stopped hiding whatever that was eating me up inside because, the truth hurts in a sense that if you keep it locked away it might kill you but, once you set it free you free yourself from all the baggage and move on with your life.
So we should learn to say whatever is troubling us instead of hiding it and make sure to say it to someone who can help you get over it or help you get past it, such as a therapist, guardian, or someone you really trust with your whole heart. I have noticed that the teenage years are uncertain because you are somewhere between being a kid and an adult where the world tells you to express yourself and act mature but the minute that you do it tells you to shut up!
But then again what I have realized in my last year of being a teen is that you are never more alive than when you are a teenager because, your adolescent years are mostly your exciting yet challenging years where you get to make decisions and experience things for the first time such as love or heartache, success or failure, betrayal or loyalty, sadness or happiness, solitude, disappointment and growth.
So in the end don’t only enjoy your teenage years but, make them count. For Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “Youth comes but once in a lifetime”.
By.Claudia Diana Indileni Nandumbu
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