Being a Teenager Means ...


By Penelope Zygarowski, Burlington, VT

Being a teenager means ... 

  • Letting go of old friendships even when you don't want to
  • Getting up every time we fall down, which is more often than we can count
  • Getting a bad grade on a test and vowing to study harder next time
  • Meeting new people you wouldn't have thought to be friends with
  • Getting through the hard times with a book and a shot of espresso
  • Doing stupid things and getting caught
  • Crying a lot, but always feeling better after
  • Singing along to breakup songs when we are home alone
  • Livin
  • g the way we want and not caring what others think
  • Journaling and writing poetry as therapy
  • Letting someone see that we are hurting and letting them help us
  • Late-night talking and watching “Stranger Things”
  • Worrying about the future and wishing time would slow
  • Wishing time would move faster so we can finally grow up
  • Turning in assignments at 11:59 p.m.
  • Living happily and being kind even when we don't want to
  • Giving everybody a chance to forgive, but not forget
  • Making big decisions and not being afraid to ask for help
  • Reading lots of romance novels
  • Cleaning our rooms when that pile of laundry gets a little too high
  • Learning to love life even when we might not at times

But most of all, being a teenager reminds us that we are alive and things aren't always as bad as they seem. 

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