Being a teenager can sometimes be such an uphill task. This phase of your life can sometimes be the most beautiful time and sometimes the worst. Emotional turmoil is your constant companion, millions of things running through your brain.
Growing up can be and is very complex! You know your priorities in life, still you will choose to give more importance to the less significant one things. Your brain? It will work in a very strange manner. One moment it will make you think everything evil about the people you dislike, but then your conscience will fight you and push you to believe that there is still some good left in the world. One moment you will sit and cry over lost relationships and broken friendships, and the next moment you’ll stand up, wipe your tears and somewhere in your heart believe that everything will change for the better. Sometimes you will act in such a mature manner that will leave everyone puzzled and sometimes you’ll be worse than a 5-year-old child. You’ll take no time to switch from one thought to another.
For instance, at times you will grumble about your parents being ignorant about the changes that take place everyday in this ever changing world and sometime later you’ll seek their advice when you run into a cul-de-sac. You will be clueless about everything around you. It will all be a strange dish that you’ve prepared for yourself with a messed-up recipe. And to cope with all the ruckus that you have created for yourself, music shall be your drug during teen years. Upset? You have a track for that. Happy? You celebrate it with an uplifting composition. It’ll be something that will act like your perfect buddy; one who adjusts itself according to your mood and needs.
A ‘career sword’ will hang over your head and most of the times, you’ll have no idea what you want to do with your life. You won’t know what your passion is or maybe you won’t have the courage to stand for it.
Sometimes, you will feel like you’re the master of your world and have the power to change absolutely everything, even when you know that you have been pulled back a number of times. (This is what is to be admired about teens. No matter what, we still believe in giving everything yet another try, who knows what comes next). Other times, you won’t know how to do anything.Your relationships will matter the most to you. That one friend, who has the power to make you or break you, will always be special no matter what. That one person whose hug lets you release all the tensions for that one second, that person will greatly matter to you. That one human who will understand you the most when you expect the least. These relationships for you will be the most treasured assets. You’ll long to meet these people, hug them and tell them that they ARE special.
One of the most special relationships you’ll have, would be the one you share with the literature you choose to read. The books you choose to read, they will change you. You will become close to them, attached to all the characters. In fact, you won’t just read the story, you will try and live it. You’ll search for similar circumstances and people around you. And when you shall finish a book, it will be difficult for you to adjust to reality again for the fictional universe was so special for you.
You know you will be pulled back many times. You’ll suffer from so many disappointments that you’ll promise yourself not to repeat the same mistake again; and then the next day you will end up doing the exact same thing. People will not always reciprocate your feelings; you’ll cry over it, and believe that you’ll never be able to stop feeling the same for them. You will make more rivals than friends. You’ll judge others by their actions and yourself by your intentions. You’ll leave no stone unturned in order to make your life complex, you will be bored easily so you’ll challenge everything that comes and hence ultimately end up fighting someone every day.
But learning how to cope with everything — peer pressure, family issues, friendships, choices and everything else – is, according to me, the most important lesson teenage teaches you. This golden period is a blessing in disguise. You don’t just live these 6 years of your life; you grow up, develop your thoughts and actions. You will become your own person.You will learn to be your own friend, your own counsellor, your own companion and your own teacher. You will start with hating yourself and end up learning to love yourself. You will know that life inside your little apartment is much better than the big world outside.So savor this time while it lasts. Cheers to these precious years; cheers to our teenage years!
About the Author:
Kavvika Nandra (Dept. of Economics, PU Campus)