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By Hillary Taylor
As teenagers, we’re told that these are the best years of our lives. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that’s true because of all the hard times we go through.
We’re also told that we’ll look back on our teenage years and remember all the good times. But what about the bad times we deal with? As teenagers, we deal with peer pressure, always worrying about what others think of us, but trying hard not to be bothered by it, and bullying in our schools will never go away. We have to deal with that all the time.
Even though we shouldn’t care what people think of us, it’s hard for a lot of us not to be bothered by it. Many teens come home crying every day because of bullying and peer pressure. How are we supposed to ignore it when it’s right there in front of us, happening all the time?
We all go through meeting friends, losing friends, good and bad relationships, trouble at home, and of course, the one thing we all have in common: pimples and zits!
Even though we all deal with the same issues, we all deal with them in different ways; some people cut themselves, some go through depression, some commit suicide, some bully people, and some just cry themselves to sleep every night and go on with their lives as if nothing is wrong at all.
The list of issues teens face every day is endless, including the age-old question: What do I want to do with my life? There is so much pressure on us about what we want for a career, it’s like if we don’t pick one right now, we’ll be screwed for the rest of our lives. How many high school kids actually know what they want to do with the rest of their lives? Some people do go to college or university to do one thing, then when they come out and do that for a career, they change their minds and go back to college and do something else. There’s nothing wrong with that.
For those of us who do know what they want, that’s great. But then there are those who don’t, and does that mean they won’t do well in life? No, it just means they don’t know right now, and that’s okay. So, parents and teachers and even other students should stop telling them they need to pick a career right now, and make sure it’s something that makes you a lot of money. That’s not the most important thing, unless they lied to us when we were in elementary and told us we could be anything we wanted to be. Why should that message only be sent to us when we’re children and then taken away when we’re in high school? As if the most important thing in life isn’t happiness anymore, it’s money. Well, who said that you can’t have both? You can, you just have to believe in yourself, no one else, just you.
I have been told I should have a “backup” for my career; I want to be a writer. I know they don’t all make a lot of money, you have to be good enough. So what? As long as you have the passion for something, in the long run you can’t go wrong. That reminds me of a quote I made up a while ago: “Why should I be one of the many who don’t make it, when I can be one of the few that do?” My quote applies to everyone. Be who you want to be and don’t let anyone stand in your way. If you have a dream, hang onto it and follow it through, no matter what.