Teenagers are lumped into one big stereotype after another: we're lazy; we have no ambition; we all watch MTV; we all think about sex...all the time. Why are we herded in this way? First of all, I fit none of these. Second of all, is it okay that I don't fit any of them? And, if not: Why?

Is it Okay?

Abra Sellick

Is it really okay

If I don’t want to be that girl

The one with all the problems

The teenager that is Merely a statistic

The teenager that is

Having that time of the month and

Desperately needs chocolate

The teenager that is


To something, anything, everything

And at the same time

Do I want to fit in?

A better question

Do I have to?

Can’t I just

Be that girl

Who has passion about something

Not a boy

About the world, about people, about art, about music, about math, about nature, or life?

Is it okay—to be more than mediocre

To hope for a challenge, just so I can get through it, say that—

I tried, and say that I am somebody who—is not like the rest and

Who wants to be different but

Is afraid to stand out in the crowd that is—bigger than comprehension

Bigger than the will to—

Is it okay?

Submitted: December 28, 2006

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YES!!! I wholeheartedly agree. And, so far-so good, so does my daughter :) Too bad the media (mags, tv, movies!,...) didn't believe that good, kind, strong, teens are the media role models they need to portray...
Good job.

Fri, December 29th, 2006 5:19am


The media has quite a few things backwards...and it makes it hard to be someone who doesn't quite fit those ideals or doesn't see the point of those ideals. I'd rather write a sonnet than watch MTV anyday! =) Thank you a whole lot for your comment. =D

Mon, January 8th, 2007 8:19pm


lately, all teenagers want to become what is depicted by MTV and other media. i love people who stand out, those who don't need to fit into what society and media expects. it's your life and you should do what makes you happy. i for one doesn't fit in. i know that being yourself all the time intimidates your peers but remember that being you at all times is fulfilling and it makes you grow in character.
four stars, i loved every word.

Tue, January 9th, 2007 8:46am


thanks Lebea. I'm trying to remember everything that makes me defiant, different, and me...so I wrote it all down! Thanks for the commment! :)

Wed, January 10th, 2007 4:29pm


yes--it's ok--be yourself :) like the way you wrote this one........

Thu, February 1st, 2007 9:40pm


danke schein! =)

Mon, February 5th, 2007 6:24pm


I feel the same way. It really is too bad that we're being held to such an unpleasant stereotype.

Mon, April 2nd, 2007 12:46am

Doc Scurlock

Yes, those of us who are unusual are often made to feel bad, and in teenage, when one is emotionally vulnerable, it's particularly hard. The predjudice you spoke of, that's just people simplifying what they don't understand: I've always thought the communication gap between the ages was somewhat similar to the communication problem between the drunk and the sober. But I agree whole-heartedly: what we need to do is write stories about teenagers who don't fit the stereotype. I do, and I see you do.

Mon, April 2nd, 2007 1:08am


Thank you Doc Scurlock! It's the unusual that make a difference in this world and it is they who break the stereotypes that deserve to be recognized!

Mon, April 2nd, 2007 6:25pm

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