We hear people all the time talking about their lost youth, how to look and feel younger, and what they wouldn’t give to be young again. I have to admit, I’ve had some of those same thoughts (I found my first gray hair in my bangs recently). Youth is wasted on the youth, right? But if you ever take a moment to reflect on what being a teenager is like now, I think you’ll be surprised – and take a new appreciation for your age. Here are a few reasons why being young today really isn’t all that desirable.
Social networking. Puberty was hard enough as it was, but going through puberty on the internet seem unimaginable. It’s commonplace now for teens to share their every thought and where they’ve been and what they’re doing and pictures of how they look constantly. Then they’re open to critiques and comments from all over the place (in case you’ve been hiding under a rock, cyber-bulling is a HUGE problem with teens, anonymity bring out . They’re all doing it, it’s normal. I had a hard enough time confiding my thoughts with my closest friends. And there were a lot of days when I had a hard time even leaving my room. I am so thankful that social networking was just starting out as I was leaving high school, I can’t imagine the kind of trouble I’d get myself in. Also, I’m SO glad that my Facebook pictures only go back to the beginning of college. Facebook info stays on the internet forever, and I don’t want any picture of 9th grade me, a face full of acne and a mouth full of braces floating around anywhere out of my control.
Smartphones. Read above except include an option for nude selfies. Again, I was a very trusting person as a teen(until I learned better). Again, I can’t imagine the kind of trouble I could have gotten myself into. Sure camera phones were around, but nothing like today.
Prom proposals. Or maybe it’s promposals. Either way, teenagers are starting to make an extravagant event out of asking each other to prom. When I was in high school, there were always rumors or dreamy fantasies about leaving school for the day and seeing my dream boat waiting outside with a fancy car and big bouquet of flowers ready to ask me to prom or getting a pizza delivered that had a nice message on it. But I never actually knew of anything like this really happening. Now a day, it’s expected of teens to pull out all the stops and make asking their date to the prom an event in its own. No more awkward phone calls or meeting in the hallway when you’re both nervous and stumbling over your words. Now, teens are planning elaborate (and sometimes expensive) events and surprises to ask his or her date to the prom. Talk about pressure, I can’t even get my boyfriend to surprise me with pizza toppings (but I guess being in charge all the time has it’s benefits).
I’ll keep my gray hairs, slowing metabolism, and stiff back. You youngsters can have all that hassle, good luck and god speed ;)