It’s not easy to be a teenager. You may consider it the best time of your life, but it’s certainly not as easy as it seems.
Every adult has been there and they would surely say that the teen years is a difficult stage. The teen life can either break or make you! And that’s a choice only you can make. Whatever you end up choosing could dictate what the rest of your life will be.
So, how do you see yourself in the future?
Teens and Social Media
Social media has made life more complicated for teens of this generation. It is a new kind of “peer pressure” because a teenager doesn’t seem to ‘belong’ if he or she does not have a social media account and numerous “likes” on various social media platforms – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Snapchat, etc.
Society says that if you’re a teenager and you have no clue about the latest updates in the social media world, you’re not “in”. And you could get bullied for that.
Situations like this – whether you are active or not in social media can cause you and other teens to be depressed. Teens feel the need to keep up with and show off in social media by taking photos of their daily happenings, however simple or routine they are – food in a fancy restaurant, or their new shoes, new phone, and new adventures – the list is endless.
The need to keep up with others and not be left behind is a constant source of pressure. But the question is, do you really need to keep up? The need to “keep up” implies that you are not good enough and that you must do something to “measure up.” But would you be truly happy if you are “with the bandwagon”? Is that everything life has to offer? The answer: No, it’s not.
There is so much more that life has in store for you than what you see in the world of social media. You need to open your mind; think out of the box so you can see that there are much better things in life – great family relations, good education, great friends who have big dreams and more!
This is the right time for you decide for yourself the direction you want to take.
Direct Yourself to the Right Path
There is help if you don’t know what to do!
First and foremost, your parents can help point you in the right direction if you just let them. Put away your mobile phone and have a real talk with your parents and siblings. Otherwise, you may be physically near them, but your phone will act like a big wall around you. So unplug from false “friends” and reconnect with people who genuinely love you.
It is your parents’ responsibility to raise you to be the best person you can be. And, believe it or not, that’s what every parent desires.
If you feel that your parent’s guidance is not enough, there are other people willing to help you if you just let them know – your older siblings, teachers, relatives, family friends, counsellors, etc. Just talk to them. Talking will help unload the weight off of your shoulders.
There are also many inspirational sources on the Internet that you can turn to – great motivational speakers, inspiring videos and blogs, informative books, etc. Try checking out “A Girl’s Guide to Being Great” or “A Guy’s Guide to Being Great”. These books will surely guide you to the right path for you to discover your true potential and purpose. These books are written by spouses Douglas and Rhonda Mincey who have been working tirelessly to help young people like you discover their true potential, and help them find the right direction for their lives.
Rhonda G. Mincey is an author, award-winning mentor, speaker, poet, and personal coach. She is the CIO (Chief Inspirational Officer) at Great Success, LLC and serves as the Executive Director of Great Youth, Inc. She is the author of the books, A Girl’s Guide to Being Great, which has been used in several school districts, and Poetic Reflections, as well as designed Aspire to Go Higher coloring book for teen and young adult girls.
Rhonda’s commitment to helping people become their best selves is evident by her awards, including Armstrong University’s Service Award and Turner Broadcasting Station’s Pathfinders Award. Rhonda has also been featured in Pink Magazine, The Jasper Sun-Times, and The Island Packet.