When we hit our teen years, we go through a lot of things.
We’re learning about who we are and we’re trying to fit in. We want to be accepted by our peers, and we’re figuring out what we’re good at in life.
Trying to find focus at this time can be a tough thing. One thing I remember about my teen years is when it comes to adults, they tend to look at teens they interact with on a daily basis and form an opinion about where they’ll be in 10 years or something to that affect. It’s human nature.
There will be times in a teen’s life when they will pick up on how an adult thinks of them and whether teenagers want to admit it or not, how they’re viewed particularly at this stage of life, is something that either makes them feel great or makes them feel depressed.
It is very important for teenagers to be themselves and not try to be something they’re not. When a bully pushes them around, it’s important for them to know when to stand up for themselves and when to walk away.
If an adult tells them something or they over hear something that an adult says about them, they need to use it as fuel to get better. If an adult has a feeling that they’ll be something special in life, they need to feel good about it and keep working. If an adult says they won’t amount to much, they need to use it as motivation to get better at whatever they do.
Remember, you can control your destiny. As an adult, I might have a hunch but I’m not God. Nobody is God. As you try to get through these years, keep your head up. What you do today, dictates where you’ll be tomorrow.
Andy Collier is the sports editor at The Bolivar Commercial. He can be reached at (662)-843-4241 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.