When you’re young, things aren’t complicated. It’s right or wrong, good or bad, black or white. Easy. You make a choice and you stick with it. The walls of your world are limited to the fences of your backyard. Your friends are the people your parents chose for you.
Things aren’t so easy when you get to adolescence, to the murky waters and shades of grey and questioned moralities that will come with becoming an adult. That’s when things start to change, when lines begin to blur and the sky turns green and the walls all come crashing down on you and all that you know. But even then being eleven is easier than being seventeen. Right now, since you’re there, every age in the world is easier than being seventeen.
“The teenage years are the best years of a person’s life”. Time and tide waits for none. Although this saying seems incredibly clichéd, this proves to be the most truthful statement of all. Men are often engaged in the never ending chase for time. Many have wasted their youth away during their teenage years, only to regret after it has been a foregone conclusion. I agree that the teenage years are the best years of one’s life. Teenagers are generally full of vitality and energy.
Only a few people remember what it was like to be a teenager. Their minds censor their memories and makes them believe that teenage was one big party, free of cares and responsibility. There aren’t that many adults who realize what the teenagers these days go through. Not many people are aware. Few people can remember the truth about adolescence. Their minds censor what adolescence was really like. The anguish, the fear, the anxiety, the stress. People don’t remember these problems because they want to forget them.
The truth of the matter is that being a teenager is really hard, right from the beginning.
In some ways being a teenager is the hardest chapter in your life. This is the part of your life where you’re trying to define who you are not only to everyone around you, but also to yourself. We teenagers struggle with image, gender identity, self confidence, and tons of emotional issues.
Being a teenager is so difficult that many of us wish we could just skip this chapter, and have everything figured out. The truth is however, you can’t skip around. You have to go through this part and hopefully come out alive and happy.
In an ideal high school world everyone would be happy with the way they look and wouldn’t force themselves to become something else. All of us would also have a voice, a strong voice to say exactly what we’re thinking. We wouldn’t do things that didn’t matter to us, we would wait until they mattered then we would do those things with so much passion and devotion that there would be no question of right or wrong. None of us would resort to suicide because we would all have unconventional support for one another.
Unfortunately not all of this can happen because our world is not perfect or ideal. We, teenagers have to bind together and strive for these things to happen and we all just have to push through our issues. If we just keep pushing and hoping we will come out on the other side victorious.
We are never going to have everything figured out, not even when we are adults, so we just have to except that and remember this chapter will end. We will move on. High school is not the end of us, it’s the introduction to real life, and real life is what matters.