The teens tell their story projects is finally here! Sherina and Caitlyn (please check out their amazing blogs) came up with this awesome project which encourages teenagers, like myself, to write about a chosen topic each week. This week, as you can see from the title, is ‘The struggles of being a teenager’. So without further ado, here we go…
Personally; I love being a teenager, and the first thing that came to mind when seeing this topic is actually becoming an ‘adult’ and moving on. I mean who wants to grow up? Exactly. No one. I guess this would come under the category of responsibility. You start your teenage years at 13 (obviously) with little to no responsibility and slowly you have to get a job because your parents no longer fund your frequent cinema trips, you have to actually revise for exams due to the fact they will directly impact your future (although I never really revised, but yeah) and most of all you are constantly hounded with the extremely annoying question ‘what do you want to as a career when you’re older’, a question which haunts the minds of many teenagers, especially me. How am I supposed to know what job I want when I’m older, or what I want to study at university when I can’t even decide what socks to wear for the day? This sounds like I’m just moaning because I am super lazy and can’t be bothered to have responsibility, and if you thought that you would be right, I am teenager after all. But yeah growing up and actually having to mature is definitely a struggle, at least it is for me.
This brings me to my next struggle. The media HATES us. Like a lot. Teenagers are portrayed as evil and thuggish entities who wear hoodies, carry knives and get drunk 24/7. Whilst this stereotype has calmed down recently it still annoys me as most teenagers are rather nice and because of the media’s representation of us I’ve had old people cross the road to avoid walking past me whilst I’ve been wearing a hoodie. I’d much rather give an old person a hug than stab them, unless of course their name is Rupert Murodch, in which case i’d get sharpening my blade. For real though, it is annoying carrying the burden for other teenagers wrong doings.
The final struggle I am including in this list is of course school. Now, for the most part, I have enjoyed my education thus far, mainly due to the fact sixth form was awesome, however, school is probably the single most moaned about thing in all of history (except maybe the weather, I am British after all). There are many things about school that could be deemed a struggle, but I’ll just concentrate on a couple of them. First and foremost; teachers. And not just because they give you homework, it’s the fact they have to patronise you and talk down to you with a level of respect even Kanye West wouldn’t steep to. Now not all teachers are like this of course, but there are a large enough proportion of them for it to be considered a struggle, that’s for sure… No I wouldn’t jump of a bridge because he told me to, sir! (That line was the main culprit for me, I can’t be the only one that finds that extremely annoying haha). Finally, and this is probably the biggest struggle, you have to adjust you personality to fit in, especially since I went to an all boys school. This is why I enjoyed sixth form so much, I could be my weird, camp self and, even though a few people thought I was gay :(, it was completely fine and I had a very close friend group. Whereas at secondary school I had to adjust my personality and do things I thought other people would like, rather than for myself and this was most definitely a struggle. I mean I don’t want to talk about what I would do to random female stranger 24/7 (Yes that is what some #lads talk about, allll the time).
So yeah, there are just a few of my struggles of being a teen. I hoped you enjoyed reading and if you want to find out more about the project, or get involved yourself, then check out Caitlyn and Sherina’s blogs using the link above. Keep smiling, Harrison.