Being a teenager is not always easy, in fact it’s very rarely easy. I think too much pressure is put on us teenagers. We are supposed to be responsible, but still be a kid. We are supposed to decide what we want to do for the rest of our lives by the age of 18. That is a huge expectation, and honestly, for a lot of teenagers, it just doesn’t happen. I’ve met people who have gone to college only to find out, that what they studied for, was not what they wanted to do. They don’t teach you these things in school. I recently applied for a job, and I realized I had NO IDEA WHAT I WAS DOING! Although I do know how to use the Pythagorean theorem so that’s what matters, right? This kind of stuff doesn’t come naturally, and being teenagers, we’ve already got plenty of things on our plate.
Another thing I’ve realized that is a teenage struggle is the age “section.” What I mean by that is your not a child anymore, and you definitely don’t want to be treated like one, but you also aren’t an adult. So that doesn’t leave a lot of room for age cutoffs. You can’t get free dinners at restaurants anymore, and you also can’t order anything off the alcohol list. Now obviously I don’t care too much about either of those (except maybe free food) but those were just the first examples that came to mind. I also feel that some adults don’t know how to treat teenagers, it’s like they forgot what it’s like to be a teenager. They don’t treat you like an adult that deserves just as much respect they do because you haven’t gone to college or started your career. On the other hand, they can’t talk to you or play with you like they would a child.
While being a teenager is troublesome and exhausting, it does have its perks. You get to drive and start making money at 16, you can buy your own rated R movie tickets at 17, and you can vote at 18. Teen years are not all good, but they aren’t all bad either.
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