Recently, my 20-something physics teacher told my class about the day she moved into her flat. She sat on the floor, surrounded by boxes, and cried because she didn’t want to grow up. Fear of growing older and being roughly forced into the world of adulthood is common among teenagers, but there are ways to combat this.
Think about the amount of opportunities adults have compared to teenagers, and how much more seriously they’re taken in society. We will be the generation to change the world for the better. Technology is more advanced than ever, and people are slowly becoming more and more accepting of others. Our society will be the best it’s been in a long time, and we will get to be part of that when we are in our prime.
A big part of the fear of growing up is the fear of friendships breaking up as people go their separate ways. THIS DOESN’T HAVE TO HAPPEN. If they’re true friends, they will want to keep in contact with you, no matter what, and a change of situation won’t affect that. Meet-ups can be arranged, and you will always have the opportunity to stay in touch. Please don’t let this hold you back from going somewhere you want to go, whether that’s literal or metaphorical. As well as that, you will meet new people along the way, and I promise that you’re never as lonely as you feel. There is always going to be someone there, willing and wanting to listen to you.
Who says we can’t be childish sometimes? Get that ice cream you want, jump around the house in your PJs, binge-watch your childhood cartoons. You’re not hurting anyone, and adulthood can come another time. Do whatever makes you happy, and if that means covering everything you own in stickers and filling your fridge with chocolate buttons, nothing is stopping you.
Until next time,
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