Updated: May 7, 2021
"When our big dreams are dragged down to meet reality"
Growing up I have wanted to be an astronaut, model, fashion designer, veterinarian and a few more professions. It didn't take me long to realise that everything wasn't so simple. You cannot become everything you want to be, and that was a tough pill to swallow. However there were a lot more things that I had yet to learn.
I started living with my sister when I was 10 and she 11. As I watched her grow up, I noticed quite a lot of things. Her priorities changing from food and friends to athletics, from athletics to fashion and wealth. It took me some time to realise that something must've changed in me too. Change is never easy to adapt to.
Teenage years are the highlight of youth for nearly every individual. These are the times when you realise a lot of important life lessons. Many that your parents haven't told you about, and some that they've subtly warned you off. From the society I come from, teenagers are just stuck between who they want to be and who their parents what them to be. Thus, it is an extremely confusing period of time for us.
I think the hardest part of being an adolescent is finding out life isn't as simple as it looks. That you have to earn what you want, and if you don't, then you can't live the life you always thought you would. But how many people realise this in time?
I've met so many kids who think that life will end eventually and thus you should have fun while you're at it. I've seen others who think that they can enjoy once they're settled and just stick with their books. But either way you're going to be missing out on something or the other, and that is what adolescents are so oblivious to. Yes, you should have fun but if you don't work, how will you have fun later? And yes, you have to work for a good life, but there is a reason why our adolescence is known as the 'good old days'.
Friends are something that help you get through tough times when family isn't around. But sometimes they turn out to be the kids your parents warned you about. Many a times just so you can get more friends, or get closer to the ones you already have, you may do some things that you could come to regret in the future. Adolescents often have a hard time finding the right friends too, and several just don't make any.
To me adolescence is the most important part of a person's life. This is the time that defines how you're going to live the rest of your life. I know that it's hard to find a balance between friends, school and so much more. However if you do manage to figure it out, your adolescence will be a sweet memory.
A story you can tell your kids about 'those days'.