Teen Troubles AdriAnanya
Remember that time? When one fine day you wake up and make the abrupt epiphany that you are no longer a ‘kid’, only to get reminded, you aren’t a grownup either. You happen to be stuck in the crossroad between child and adult, one of the most complicated age-related limbo! The ‘teen’ years are very weird times for everyone, and usually the most memorable. It is the time for making mistakes, lots and lots of them, new ones, as well as repeating the old ones! The time to learn of the world, the hard way. But make no mistake, the 13th year of your life is the most significant as it sets the stage for your story. Thereafter, your fate is in your hands.
Young adolescents undergo a whole brand new experience; a rush of excitement as they hit 13. A hormonal rage kicks in, changing them both physically and mentally. Due to this, it is commonplace that many young teenagers become temperamental, undergo mood swings and lose their cool more often than they would like. They get stressed out easily and are unable to handle the ever-engulfing pressures of life, bombarded from all directions; from studies, from family, trying to ‘fit in’ within a circle of friends, etc. Self-awareness could be a great help in this situation for those teenagers who want to try and restore a morsel of harmony in their chaotic lives. It is not easy but not too difficult either. It is all about knowing thyself. Yes, that omnipotent ‘know thyself’ the old people keep talking about. It is the power to notice your feelings and thoughts consciously and deduce the reasons you feel and think the way you do. It takes time for self-awareness to develop and it begins during the early years of teenage life. So when you feel angry or rebellious, just wait for a moment, take a deep breath, and take note of your thoughts and feelings.
This is also the time when teenagers start developing and giving in to attraction of the opposite sex. Thus begins the long era of dating and heart-breaks, the cheesiest drama! For example, when you feel ‘weak in your knees’ towards someone from the opposite gender and realise he or she feels the same for you, at first you might feel really excited and start ‘going out’. The first few days or months will seem all rosy and musical. But slowly as days pass, complications begin to surface. You might be able to tolerate it for awhile. Eventually, it becomes difficult to manage with growing academic pressure, sports, hanging out with friends and trying to handle things smoothly with the family. The pressure often leads to a break up and the first of many heart breaks that follow. In many teenagers, the first bouts of depression kick in. And in most cases, it takes a pretty long time to get over it. This affects studies, school and family life, and most importantly the mental well-being. As if teenagers weren’t crazy enough!
Physical changes also become a worrying factor for many teenagers. For example, during this time a lot of teens become way too concerned about their height and weight. Some begin to compete with others to lose weight and others become increasingly anxious for not being tall enough like their other friends. Parents also often make comparisons and voice their ‘worries’ that only aggravate things for the already troubled teenagers, ready to rebel against anything authoritative or didactic. But all this chaos, all this drama, this is all part of the teen life, it has happened to everyone in the past and it is absolutely normal if it is happening to you. So don’t apprehend too much about the changes, embrace them and handle them as smoothly as you can. Mistakes will be made, but at least fortunately you will have a few interesting stories to share when you ‘grow up’.
Adri Ananya is a class 7 student of Scholastica.
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