Teenage is like that goo that you step into without realizing what it is. At one stage or another, it is like being that lonely drunk old man who babbles to himself. The one who stands on the podium with a bottle of booze in his hand. Over-confident about his motives, he aims to lead the empty hall to a rebellion against bees. His speech is ludicrous but he is determined. Every now and then, he tosses in a romantic yet utterly pathetic poem. He cries to sleep knowing nothing makes sense but wakes up refreshed with the same drama.
Now that the introduction is done, I am not going to go all grandma on you. Not going to start with, “when I was a teenager…” Nope. I’m just going to dive in and tell you right on what I wish I knew as a teenager. Who knows, maybe you are a teenager who just need this. Here we go:
You don’t have to fit in when you are born to stand out
Stop trying to be someone you aren’t because you think you’d be more acceptable that way. If you don’t like makeup, then you don’t have to. You are weird but you are yourself. It is okay to be the odd one. It is okay to be playful. Growing up fast is a trap. Don’t fall for it.
Suggested Read: When I will turn 18, I will learn how to cook
This is not the end of the world, neither is this the beginning
Got hurt? It’s okay, don’t take it to your heart. Failed a test? That’s also okay. As long as you keep trying, it is always going to be fine. Teenage is a transitionary stage. It isn’t the end, so there is no rush. It isn’t even the beginning. You’re going to grow wings later on. Remember Dory’s words, “When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming.”
Dream big, aim wild, work hard, try again but don’t speak of it
Dear teenager, it’s a bad idea to talk about your dreams. Most of the people in your life would pull you down or laugh at your goals. Don’t fret over not being able to accomplish your aims. You’re a flower in the process of blooming. Pursue your dreams starting this moment. You are not too old but you aren’t young either. Every time you falter, fix your shirt and try again.
Read more, learn more, spend time with yourself, and water your soul
You’re not an ancient spirit, you are different. And it’s amazing to be that way. Observe people and your surroundings. Spend time with friends but with yourself and your family too. Read more books. Learn new words. Not curse words, genuinely cool vocabulary. Sharpen your skills. Groom your talents, and your talents will groom you.
P.S: Don’t let that old, drunk madman in you die. Polish him, sober him up, cut out the drama but let him live.