“When adults say, “Teenagers think they are invincible” with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.” – John Green
I just began to plan my best friend’s birthday. It’s in roughly about a month’s time and I was deciding on how to surprise her and what gifts to give her etc. She’s turning 20 this year, and well so am I. And It suddenly made me realise that I’m nearly done with my teenage. You know those times, when you go into that flash back mode? Well, I was experiencing that till about 10 minutes ago. I’ve had some of the most memorable times during these 6 years of my teen age, I’ve made the best of friends, seen the ugly side to a lot of people, experienced teen age love, with all those butterflies in the stomach feeling too. And it was all worth it. Plus, I don’t remember much of the years prior to those of my teen age, my parents would have a better idea about it. Teen age is right about the time when you start building memories of your life, so whenever I look back at my life, it’ll roughly begin for me where my teen age started and that’s why I believe teen age holds so much importance in each of our lives.
We’re sure to reach more milestones and see better days in the future, but you shall always hold your teen age dear, for all sorts of different reasons, but mostly because you experience almost the peak of every emotion at this stage of your life. You discover so many sides to your own self during this period, only later to become a more sorted and stable person. This is the learning stage of your life, and the growing stage too. Not only do you change physically, you become emotionally equipped to slowly accommodate all your bodily and functional changes too. Sometimes, you almost feel like your world is falling apart when you fail a test, and probably the glance of your teen age crush gives you the ultimate high. You could be the geek sitting on the first bench of the class, or the mister or miss popular of your school with everyone trying so hard to be like you, or you could be the more secluded one with a very limited group of friends who’d never go out during lunch breaks and never try too hard to fit in. Or you may have been all of them, because well I’ve been that. Whoever you may have been, you’ve been a part of someone’s teen age life, and you most definitely had a role to play in shaping someone else’s future years, or if not someone else’s, at least your own.
It’s that time when your hormones are far more active than the rest of your body is, and I think you take most of your decisions with their help. Your brain’s just basically for cramming high school and middle school textbooks and getting through with the exams. Apart from that, it’s mostly redundant, because you cannot help but function straight from your heart. You get exposure to a lot of things too, some good some bad, but what out of those you adopt is a choice you make on your own. That also depends on your bringing up and your peer group but a lot on your own conscience as well. Everything else just plays a supporting role. You go from the age of taking adults along when you go for a movie to late night drinking and crazy sleepovers all through these years. This is the phase of maximum transition in a person, and also the time when you just want to experiment with everything. You’re far less choosy and a lot more casual about things. You can always justify yourself saying you’re still a kid you know, you’ve got that back up. This is also the time when you’re absolutely lost as to where you see yourself ten years hence. You just have a vague idea and you’re asked a lot of very specific questions to which you don’t have any answers. Teen age is difficult, but it’s carefree, it’s loud and it’s wonderful. You have too many options and much less responsibility. Mostly everything is taken care of. And it’s undoubtedly the best time of your life. It’s when you get to be the most of ‘you’. So don’t waste these years trying to be someone else, or trying to fit in or trying to be cool. None of it Is important and in all likelihood you’re not going to carry your high school self the rest of your life. You will change and you will make something incredible out of yourself. This is your best of both worlds, don’t loathe it while you’re at it, you’ll miss it when you have to say good bye. I know I will. So here’s a toast to all of you who have survived teen age and those who are going through it, and here’s to the best years of your life.